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Many of us would love to drive while we travel abroad, instead of taking those boring, old tourist buses and cabs. In order to do this, you must get an International Driving License. Many people refrain from this, assuming that it would be very complicated. But it is not so complicated. We receive many queries from NRIs on how to get international driving license in India. Many are unsure whether they can get international driving license in India. Further, there are also some confusion regarding the documents required for international driving license in India, the validity of International Driving License in India and the international driving license fees in India. This article should clear up all your doubts.
The International Driving License, often abbreviated to IDL, is a legal, international official travel document, which has been ratified by the United Nations. This is most commonly issued by tourists who wish to drive their own vehicle when they travel abroad. In its essence, the International Driving License is an official translation of the Driver’s license that you hold in your home country. The document will usually state that you have a valid driver’s license in your home country, and translates all your details into different languages, so that officials abroad will also be able to read and understand your credentials. It is usually printed in a number of different languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, and some Scandinavian languages. Please note that you should also carry your Indian drivers license along with your IDL while travelling abroad.
Some of the advantages of getting an International Driving License are listed below:
The procedure for applying an International Driving License in India is not extreme complicated. But before going into the procedure, you should keep in mind that only individuals who already have a valid license from their state of residence are eligible to apply for an International Driving License. In addition, you should also have a valid Indian passport at the time of application. Without these two documents, you will not be eligible to apply for an International Drivers License. Once you have these two documents, here is the procedure you will need to follow:
Here is a checklist of all the documents you will need while making your application at the RTO:
The International Driving License is valid for a period of one year from the date of issue or until your Indian drivers license expires, whichever is earlier. You should also note that International Driving License cannot be renewed in India, you should make a fresh application after it expires.
Now that you know exactly how to get international driving license in India, the documents required for international driving license in India, the validity of international driving license in India, as well as the international driving fees in India, you are already half way there. So go out and enjoy. Happy driving!
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