How to get an International Driving Permit in Berlin

How to get an International Driving Permit in Berlin

How to get your IDP in Berlin and the rest of Germany, both with German and foreign driver licences.​

The International Driving Permit is an official translation of your driver's licence that is recognised in 200 countries1. It's a small leaflet that you must carry with your original driver's licence while travelling abroad.


This guide applies to you if:

  1. You live in Germany
  2. You have a German driving licence
  3. You want to drive in a country that requires an International Driving Permit

With a foreign driver's licence

The Bürgeramt only gives International Driving Permits for German driving licences. If you have a driver's licence from another country, you must follow different steps. In most cases, you must request the International Driving Permit in your country of origin.

Canada: Must be obtained from the CAA while in Canada. No other authority can issue them. You can convert your licence to a German one, then request an International Driving Permit in Germany.

United States: The AAA can mail International Driving Permits overseas, as their website says.

Great Britain: You can get an International Driving Permit from the AA, the RAC or the Post Office. You can also request a British IDP by post.

With a German driver's licence

If you have a German driver's licence, you must book a Bürgeramt appointment for an Internationaler Führerschein. The ADAC does not issue International Driver Permits anymore1.

You must bring 15 euros, a biometric picture and a valid German driver's licence. Temporary licenses issued to new drivers (vorläufiger Nachweis der Fahrerlaubnis) are not accepted. You must bring a valid plastic driving licence (Kartenführerschein).

You will leave the Bürgeramt with a valid International Driving Permit. This permit is valid for 3 years.


  • Denise

    I have an Italian driving license but I live and work in Germany. Can I get it at the Burgeramt? Thanks

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      It will not work. This is explicitly written in the guide.

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  • Eloise

    Does anybody know whether you can get an IDP without a german liscence in Berlin? I have an Australian liscence and would like to keep it for now if possible but need an IDP to drive Europe.

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      The IDP is issued by the country the licence comes from. This is something you must check with the Australian government.

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    • Tristan

      You need to get it in Australia from the RACV or equivalent in the state of issue. But it's of no value six months after you visit the bürgeramt in germany - if you live here, you must get a local licence. unfortunately that means forfeiting the expensive australian licence and reporting it as lost and paying to get a new one

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  • Umais Hashmi

    I am living in Germany(bavaria). I am pakistan and have a Pakistani Driving license. Can I get a IDP? and how long will it be valid for?
    Thanks you

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      Hello Umais,

      I updated the guide to clarify things. At the Bürgeramt, you can only get an IDP for a German driving licence. The procedure for other driving licences is different for each country.

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      • Pritha

        Is there is a procedure for getting an IDP for Indian driving license?

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        • R

          Ask Indian government. The German one issues IDPs only for German driving licenses. This is clearly described in the guide above.

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  • Tabe Ojong

    I currently live and work in Germany, but I m originally from Cameroon. I have a Cameroonian licence and I wish to get an IDP. Can I get that from the buergeramt as well?

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  • Raffo

    I am Italian, living in Berlin since Aug18. I have been living in different countries and currently I have a swiss driving licence (I was living there before). I am sick and tired of keeping converting those licence and my partner is swiss so might be that we go back there 1 day. Do you think I can apply and get the IDL in the berlin office given the swiss licence ?

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  • David Maxwell

    I am a British citizen with a German driving licence currently living in Singapore.
    Please advise how I can get an International Driving Licence online or otherwise from here?


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  • Georges Ibrahim

    Hi I have a French drivers license and I live in Germany. I need an IDP as I am travelling abroad. I should request it from Bürgeramt similar to German license?

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      No, that won't be possible as far as I know. I could only get an IDP for my Canadian licence in Canada, and an IDP for my German licence in Germany.

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  • Nick Nuttall

    Hi, I am currently living and working in Germany. I have a British drivers license but want to get an International Drivers License. Can I do this at the Burgeramt? Thanks

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      Yes, as the article says.

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