Good afternoon everyone. I will be in Tahiti & Moorea in a few months and booked a rental car for my trip. After I booked the rental car, I decided to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) from AAA (Automobile Association of America). I was worried the process was going to be similar to a trip to the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), but I am happy to say that the process was 100x more pleasant.
According to the AAA website, “Your IDP is a valid form of identification in 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information. It translates your identification information into 10 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Most countries highly recommend an International Driving Permit.” In addition, “Many countries require an IDP to drive legally. Fines for driving without an IDP can be quite costly. Check countries requirements before travel. ” For $20, the IDP seemed like a no brainer (the cost is $20 whether you are a AAA member or not). Here is how to get your IDP quickly and easily from AAA.
- Print and fill out the IDP application (click here).
- Bring your valid US driver’s license to your AAA branch (branch locator here).
- Bring 2 passport photos – if you do not have them, the AAA branch can take the photos for you. If you are a AAA member, the photos are free. If you are not a AAA member, there is a small charge for the passport photos.
- Pay $20 fee (credit cards are accepted – I used my Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card since it might count as a 3x travel provider).
- Sign the last page of your IDP and you are all set (the AAA agent will fill out the IDP for you).
The AAA agent put the first date of my Tahiti trip on the front cover of the IDP. The IDP is valid for 12 months from the date listed on the cover. If I had more international trips planned after that date, I could use the same IDP for those trips. All in all, this was a very easy process and won’t hesitate to get another IDP in the future after my current IDP expires.
What has been your experience with the IDP? If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!