The International Driving License (IDL) / International Driving Permit (IDP) Thread
I need to get an IDL like ASAP. Is there anyone who can help me out here? The karnataka RTO website says that the address on the license AND the passport should be same and of Bangalore. I have Bangalore address on my passport but the driver license has address from my hometown in Punjab. I dont have the time to get the address changed on the license now.
Do any of u guys know wot can be done???
Yep I think those 2 addresses need to be the same.....maybe you can get it done via hook or crook (agent etc...)
Luckily for me both addresses were same even though I dont live at that address anymore!
Btw just a question abt where you intend to travel?......in case you are travelling to US/UK many places IDP is not required.
Lucky you Abhay.
I will be going to New Hampshire. They do give out licenses to non residents, but i will need an NOC from my hometown for that. I have put things in motion for that as well.
But since on the way back i am trying to make some plans to pay europe a visit, it would be better if i get an IDL.
on the same token..is an IDL valid in india..for say someone coming from another country like the US or the UK?
ok im on Kanataka's RTO website...i read under the section for "foreign nationals wishing to obtain drivers license"...but im confused..do i have to get a learners permit??? or can i just walk in and get a license..showing them my US pasport and my California drivers license??? Because it says that foreign nationals holding an IDL or a foreign license are exempt from the competence to drive test.
The process is easier if the address in both passport and driving license is same. If not, you need to get an No Objection Certificate from your home tomn to change the address in your driving license. This NOC needs to filed in the concerned Regional Transport office along with your passport copy (as an address proof) & application form of the IDL.
Also you need valid visa, confirmed airticket which needs to be submitted (photocopies needs to be attaced & originals needs to be produced before the office in charge)
They will change the address in your driving license & process the IDL.
This can be completed within weeks time.
Iam not sure whether this can be processed without changing your address in the driving license.
May be you can visit the RTO office in person to get the correct details in one shot as time is killing factor for you
any help for my question??? :confused:
amotij - please check out the DMV site of the US state you're visiting. I know for a fact that California does NOT recognize an IDL. Your original Indian driving license is good enough to rent & drive cars provided you are there for a short stay (~ 3 months).
Europe - Switzerland allows you to drive with your original Indian driving license for 1 year from date of entry provided your license is in English. If not, you need an IDL.
On occasions when I have rented cars in these 2 locations, there was no check for the same address in passport and driving license. Mine are also different (need to get the DL address changed!).
if you are willing to pay money (Expect a substantial amount as its an IDP), everything will be sorted out. I got an IDP made from delhi when my driving licence was from haryana. Paid around 1.5K for this.
Common, aren't we the same guys who blame cops for being corrupt? Here we are, openly encouraging it ;-)
Bodies like WIAA can help you in that. They have office in Pune and my friend got their help in securing IDP, but that is long back and don't know if rules have changed recently.
Many US states (like MA, MN) can accept indian license. So, I suggest you check that as well. Don't exactly remember about Europian rules. Frequent fliers like Steer can tell more.
1. Approach a driving school / reliable agent. You will only have to go down for two minutes to the RTO office to sign a document.
2. Carry your Indian licence AND your IDL. Some states in the US recognise either / or.
This is what i found on the ma.gov site (Massachusettes), in the FAQ section:
"Q#4. Is a foreign licensed driver required to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP) when driving in Massachusetts?
A. No. Although some countries require a foreign motorist to possess an IDP, the United States has not done so. It is suggested, however, that he/she carry an IDP if the foreign license is not printed in the English language."
The answer above mentions "United States" and not just Massachusettes.
They have listed the countries in an appendix whose licenses are accepted in US. India is there in the list.
I asked a couple of people here in office also and they also said that if visiting for a month or two, you can use ur indian license to rent and drive a car.
Anyways, it seems its much easier to get an IDL from Patiala, so i am gonna do that now. Better safe than sorry!!
Thanks for all your replies. Once again TBHP comes to my rescue!
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