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Old 20th June 2019, 14:42   #556
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I am travelling to europe next month, is IDP necessary

I am currently in Europe, Austria to be precise, and have hired cars from Europcar and Avis on my Indian licence without any problems. The licence must however be in English and legible.

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Old 24th June 2019, 09:19   #557
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Instead of the usual (FirstName LastName) format, it is written as (LastNameInitial FirstName). Will this be an issue?
I do not think it will be an issue. As long as it can be matched to name on passport and your license is legible and valid you should be fine.
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I do not think it will be an issue. As long as it can be matched to name on passport and your license is legible and valid you should be fine.
Thanks for your reply!
The thing is, it doesn't match with my passport. On my passport, the name is in the normal format. Only my driving license has my name in a weird way.

I am in touch with their reservations team. They will let me know if i can rent with the license or not.
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I am in touch with their reservations team. They will let me know if i can rent with the license or not.
Update: Spoke to their reservations team. They said my license would be accepted. Let's see how things go once I land.
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Update on the above: My license was accepted despite small issues with the name.
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I am planning to get a rental from Italy and travel through Croatia, Austria as well in ~4 weeks from now.

Reading this thread and elsewhere I understand that I need to get an IDP to be on the legal side of things, even though the rental may give the car without an IDP.

The problem is that my DL is from MP and passport has Bangalore address, so that will cause problems at the RTO.

I read about AA southern India in this thread and checked their site, but they mention explicitly that your DL should show up in parivahan else they cannot help with IDP, and unfortunately mine doesnt show up in parivahan either. Even if it did, I am not sure if they could have helped due to the addresses being different..

What are my options? Could anyone provide a reference to an agent who can help smooth things out.
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I have used the IDP service at the AASI in Bengaluru multiple times. I have not see them check any records , online or otherwise, atleast not in my presence. Its a fairly simple process and takes 30 minutes. They even arrange a medical cerificate for a nominal fee.
On a different note, while rental agencies do not insist on an IDP, it is safer to have an IDP. In the US even though my Indian licence is valid, when i took my daughters car for a pollution check, , they would not release the car back to me on the basis of my Indian DL. I had to produce my IDL., which fortunately was on my person.
In Europe, where one crosses borders without a second thought, I find it safer to have an IDP , which is what the police recognises.
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I have used the IDP service at the AASI in Bengaluru multiple times. I have not see them check any records , online or otherwise, atleast not in my presence. Its a fairly simple process and takes 30 minutes.
Two questions I have for you in this regard
  1. Are you a life member of AASI ?
  2. Is your DL issued from either Tamilnadu or Karnataka ?

If answer to both of these is "Yes" then that's the reason you were able to use AASI IDP services without any hassles.

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Yes, I became a life member as i find it safer to use their services than some random agent. My licence was originally issued in Hyderabad, then the undivided AP, subsequently renewed in Bangalore.
Yes, that may be the reason, though it was not expressly stated when they told me the benefits of becoming a life member/
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Yes, I became a life member as i find it safer to use their services than some random agent. My licence was originally issued in Hyderabad, then the undivided AP, subsequently renewed in Bangalore.
Yes, that may be the reason, though it was not expressly stated when they told me the benefits of becoming a life member/
Its quiet clearly stated as condition number 1 in the IDP page of their Website.

Thanks for sharing the info anyway

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