To Apply for IDP

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Apply online for delivery to your home or work

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Option 2

Complete the application form and visit our office location


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Documents Required

  1. IDP Form
  2. Passport, Valid Residency & Emirates ID
  3. Copy of Valid UAE License
  4. 2 x Photos

About IDP

Have you planned your summer vacation yet? Are you considering taking your family on a cross border road trip to Oman? Spending a few nights in Saudi Arabia? Qatar? Whether it’s business or pleasure, each country has a wealth of events and activities for you and your family. But before you begin your journey, be sure to apply for your International Driving Permit (IDP). The IDP is a United Nations convention, and a legal requirement. It is an internationally recognised translation of your driving license which allows motorists to drive their vehicles outside of the United Arab Emirates legally, without the need for further tests and applications.

The International Driving Permit, which is valid for one year, proves that you hold a valid driver’s license in your country of residence. It will also help protect you and your family in the event of a accidental vehicle damage while abroad, or the loss of legal identification such as a passport. The IDP is recognized all over the world and is available in 10 different languages in order to help overcome language barriers. The primary function of the IDP is to allow law enforcement and other authorities in other countries to read your license in their own language. Download the information brochure to learn more about the IDP.

The IDP application procedure is simple and straightforward. All you need to have are your official identification from an Emirates ID authority distributer, a copy of your valid UAE driving license and two Passport-size photos photos. The international Driving Permit can be obtained through several different portals:

  • Automobile and Touring Club of UAE of ces in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, RAK, Ajman, Fujairah, Um Al Quwain and the
  • Western Region.
  • RTA Offices.
  • Emirates Post Offices.
  • DNATA Office in Sheikh Zayed Road.
  • Our affliate members.


The International Driving Permit enables travelers and tourists to drive in other countries in a legal and safe way, with an ultimate peace of mind without being questioned by authorities or incurring fines.

Where and How to get it

The following documents are required to obtain an International Driving License:

  • Your Emirates ID
  • A copy of a valid UAE driving license
  • Two photos (passport photos)

You can obtain your International Driving Permit from:

Frequently Asked Question

Is an IDP a requirement?

An IDP is recognized internationally and normally allows you drive a motor vehicle without further formality.

What countries is an IDP required for
A-C Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Aguila (1), Angola, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain (1,2), Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (1,2), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada (1,2), Cape Verde Islands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo Dem Rep., Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic
D-F Denmark, Dijibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France & French Overseas Depts., French Polynesia
G-I Gambia (1), Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy
J-L Jamaica (2), Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati (1), Korea (Rep.), Kuwait (1), Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho (1), Liberia, Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
M-O Macao, Macedonia (FYROM), Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (1), Namibia, Nepal (1), Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua (1), Niger, Norway, Oman
P-R Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines (1), Poland, Portugal (inc Madeira & the Azores) (1), Qatar (1), Russia, Romania (1), Rwanda
S-U San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore (1), Slovakia, Slovenia (3), South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Kitts & Nevis, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago (1), Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay
V-W Vatican City, Venezuela, Windward Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe
How long is an IDP valid for?

The IDP is valid for one year from date of issue.

Does an IDP cover me for driving in UAE?


How long does it take to issue an IDP?

Online applications will be completed within 3 working days of receipt, so allow for 5 workings days for all online applications to be delivered to your requested address. Over the counter applications can be completed within half an hour.

How much is an IDP?

170AED, please note this does not include the fee for courier delivery charge to have your permit delivered to you anywhere in the UAE.

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