If you are planning for a trip out of the country, you may require an International Driver’s Licence(IDL), in case you want to drive on international roads. This may seem like a task but, nowadays acquiring an IDL is fairly easy. Through this article we want to shed light on the steps which you need to follow for getting an IDL. So what are the things that you need to drive a car or a motorbike in the foreign country?
To begin with, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP) or an International driver’s license.
International Driver’s License is a document which permits you to rent or drive a vehicle in a foreign country. and use in India, even a foreign national visiting the country, can apply for this license and drive during their stay in India.
Acquiring an International driver’s license is a hassle-free process. Even accounting for bureaucratic red tape, the permit generally takes a time span of between 2 days to a week to process and reach you.
The International Driver’s Licence/Permit is valid for one year from the date of issue. You may not require this document in a few countries but it is advisable to get it issued. This will help in case of accidents and while claiming insurance. Some insurers may want to take a look at your IDP and your own driving license, even if having an IDP is not mandatory according to the country’s law.
Here are three options in which you can get your International Driver’s License processed and delivered to you promptly and efficiently.
Let us go through these options in detail:
RTO or the Regional Transport Office is the organization authorized by the Government of India to issue driving licenses, collect vehicle tax, issue personalized registrations and maintain a record of drivers and cars. There are zonal offices of the RTO scattered across India. Much like the parent body, every zonal office is responsible for processing your International Driving Permit too.
Before we give you a step by step listing of what you need in order to apply for an IDL, let us cite the documents that you need to carry to the zonal office. Failure to produce either one of these documents would deem you ineligible for the International driver’s license concerned.
Here is the list of documents you need to carry –
Remember, any fake document can lead to your arrest, and therefore it is advisable to chart through the procedures of law and acquire your driving license legally. Once all these documents have been secured and are prepared for the day you plan on visiting the Regional Transport Authority, you need to meet certain requirements pertaining to certain forms which need to be filled on the spot and submitted.
The nature of these forms varies from that of the application for the International driver’s license to medical submission, which is not exactly affidavits but can be used in court against you if you do not abide by the laws governing your travels.
You require to submit 3 kinds of duly filled forms in order to get your IDL. Here are the form names and their functions.
A fee of 1000 rupees needs to be paid while submitting these forms to initiate the process. If accepted, then you may expect the International driver’s license to arrive within a week’s time. This process is facilitated by the Indian Embassy.
The second option for acquiring an IDL is through the WIAA In case you reside in Mumbai, Pune or Ahmedabad, then you could go for this option.
In order to apply for the International Driving Permit from the WIAA, you need to be a member of the Western India Automobile Association first.
You will require the same set of documents and forms, which you need in case you are applying for an IDP through the RTO(refer to the list of documents mentioned above).
You need to pay a fee of Rs. 1500 as opposed to Rs. 1000 charged by the RTO.
However, if you apply for an IDL through the WIAA, you are entitled to certain discounts for your travel around the foreign country.
It also guarantees to issue your International driver’s license within 2 days, provided all the submitted documents are genuine and correctly filed.
In case you are opting for this option, kindly ensure that you only apply for the IDP if you are travelling to the list of countries which recognize the 1949 convention of an international driving permit.
One more convenient way of getting an International Driving Permit is by visiting the website of International Traffic Control Association.
You will need the following documents if you are willing to get your IDP through the ITCA:
You can also send your documents at firstname.lastname@example.org. In some cases, you may be asked to send the notarized copies of your documents by mail.
Once you have received your International driver’s license, you might also lose it under unforeseen circumstances. But, you need not panic.
In-case you lose your International driver’s license, it is advised that you report it immediately.
Like your passport, it is an important document that can be used as an identity proof. Hence, if you lose it within the country – file a FIR. It would be advisable to write a letter notifying that you lost your International driver’s license, to the RTO.
Similarly, if you lose your IDL abroad, notify the local authority and the Indian Embassy immediately. They may issue a duplicate document.Issuance of a duplicate International driver’s license after proper verification is not an issue unless it infringes other laws.
Now that you have all the information you require to know how to file, receive and use the International driver’s license, what are you waiting for? Travel abroad, grab a vehicle and put the pedal to the metal!
Source by:- acko