International Driving Permit
What is an International Driving Permit?
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a document which, when accompanied by a valid driver's licence, enables a person to drive vehicles for tourism purposes in many foreign countries. Most international car rental agencies will request an IDP, even though one may not be required to drive in their country. An IDP is valid for one year from the date of issue, providing your Canadian licence is valid for the duration of your trip.
IDP's are available in Canada exclusively at CAA Stores and are available to both Members and non-members.
The IDP must be issued at a CAA Store in Canada and cannot be obtained or renewed elsewhere.
Only CAA is authorized to issue IDPs in Canada, under a UN-approved mandate. Any non-CAA issued IDP is fake, and may not protect you in a foreign country. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website, click here.
We can process an IDP form for you in less than half an hour. We recommend that you visit a CAA Store 2-3 weeks prior to your departure to ensure that we are able to issue your permit. If your IDP is being mailed, you should allow at least three weeks for it to reach you.
If you can't visit a CAA Store, you can fill out an application form and mail it to your local CAA Store along with your passport-sized photos, fee payment and front and back photocopies of your valid Canadian provincial driver's licence.