The International Driving Permit is an official translation of your driver's licence. It is recognised in 200 countries1. When you drive in other countries, you should carry it with your original driver's licence.


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 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.

With a non-German 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.