Obtaining an International Driver License

If you have a driver's license in the country where you live, getting an international driver's license will be a breeze. There is no written test or driving test required. Not only will this license make it possible for you to drive overseas, it can also be used as an easily recognizable form of photo ID. While police overseas may not be familiar with your national identification, they should know an international driver's license when they see it.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
  • Two passport photos National driver's license (or copy) Money for application fee Application Envelope and postage (if needed)
  • Two passport photos
  • National driver's license (or copy)
  • Money for application fee
  • Application
  • Envelope and postage (if needed)
Step 1

Go to a local camera store, photo booth or other retailer that takes passport photos and get two 2" by 2" pictures taken of your head and shoulders only. Make sure you are looking forward and have your eyes open in the photos.

Step 2

Decide if you would like to apply for your international driver's license in person or by mail. If you'd like to apply in person, follow Step 3. If you'd prefer to apply through the mail, skip to Step 4.

Step 3

Visit an authorized international driver's license distributor. (If you are in the United States, this is an office of the American Automobile Association or the American Automobile Touring Alliance.) Bring your photos and your driver's license with you and ask to fill out an application. Pay your fee and you are on your way.

Step 4

Put together a package with a copy of the front and reverse of your driver's license, your photos with the backs signed, the application form and the permit fee. For the U.S., use a check or money order written out to AAA. Then mail your package to 1000 AAA Drive, Heathrow, FL 32746. Add the note, "Attn: Mailstop #28." If you're worried about your personal information getting lost in the mail, pay a little extra and send it via certified mail. Your license should show up within six weeks.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Kate Evelyn has been writing professionally since 2000. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including "Elle" magazine, "Brass|CU" magazine and the "Credit Union Times." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Western Maryland College.

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