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What are the rules for International Driving Permits?

Car rental providers have specific rules as to which driving licences they will accept in Australia — read on to find out more.

If you’re planning to rent a car in Australia, you will need to have a driver’s licence that is printed in English. If your licence is in another language, you will need to present an International Driving Permit (IDP) along with your licence from your country of residence. An International Driving Permit is a translation only, and will not be valid if it is not presented alongside your original licence.

If you have an International Driving Permit, there are still some important things you need to know before you pick up your car:

  • Overseas licences are generally accepted from New Zealand, the United States or the United Kingdom.

  • Licences from other countries may also be accepted in their original format, but you will need to check the Terms and Conditions of your rental booking.

  • All documents must be original — photocopies are not accepted.

  • Your licence will still need to meet the standard licence requirements. For example, our car rental partners will only accept driver’s licences if they have been held for a minimum of 12 months. Provisional licences are mostly not accepted.

  • Your International Driving Permit must be in English.

  • International driving permits are only a translation. They are only valid if presented alongside an official driver’s licence from the issuing country.

For example

When you present your International Driving Permit ...

Jane is travelling from Europe to Australia, but because her driver’s licence is in French, she has to present her driver’s licence in conjunction with an International Driving Permit. When she arrives at the car rental counter to pick up her car, she supplies both documents and is able to pick up her hire car quickly and efficiently.