Got my International Driving Permit (IDP)


Being an international student means we have to take care of many additional things than domestic students worry about. If you plan to drive a vehicle/car while being in US, its a good idea to get your IDP (International driving permit).International students may drive in foreign countries with an International Driving License, which has the maximum validity of one year. Note that they are required to get their license from the country they're staying within one year period.

Documents needed to obtain International Driving Permit in India

 Following documents are to be produced at the time of applying for an International Driving Permit
  • Valid driving license with atleast one year more of validity.
  • Valid passport
  • Valid Visa
  • Required Fees (INR 500 as of 07-July-2010)
  • Three passport size photographs.
  • Copy of air ticket 
  • RS 1000 worth of NSC taken in the name of applicant
  • Medical certificate
  • Duly filled IDP application form (available in RTO premises)
For me the whole process took just two days and it was pleasantly smooth and hassle free. I am really happy the ways things work at RTOs without any kind of bribes these days. 

So if you are planning to drive while being in US (or any other country), do get your IDP.

4 comments:

aimingformba said...

Madhu, thanks for the info!

Sree said...

Please carry your drivers license along with IDP while you enter US. In states like New Jersey, road test is waived if you have the four wheeler license of India. They don't consider IDP alone, you still need to have the original DL.

Madhurya Prakash said...

@Sree, thanks for the info and yes am taking my original DL.

asd said...

thanks for great info about international driving permit. really helps.

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