An IDP is a document which, when accompanied by a valid driver’s license, enables a person to drive vehicles for tourism purposes in many foreign countries. 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.
You must be 18 years or older.
If you visit a store, while you wait, it should take about 30 minutes to be processed. If you send your application by mail, it will take about two working days following receipt to process and mail back to you.
Some countries require tourists to have an IDP to rent a vehicle or drive in their country. Check the driving rules and regulations in the country you plan on visiting and verify requirements with the rental company before you leave to determine if you need an IDP.
Penalties can vary from a fine to a citation. Check the driving rules and regulations in the country you plan on visiting before you leave to determine if you need an IDP.
An IDP expires one year from the date it is issued or when the driving license expires, whichever comes first.
While the IDP is valid for one year some countries may have restrictions on the length of time you can drive there. Check with the country you plan to visit before you leave.
You can use any Canadian Provincial or Territorial drivers licence.
Yes, but only after you have obtained written proof from the Ministry of Transportation in the Province or Territory where you are licenced that you still have a valid driver’s licence.
Yes, you can use a temporary licence to obtain an IDP. If you are applying by mail, include a photocopy of the temporary licence. Please note that an IDP is only valid with a valid driver’s licence, so we would advise you to ensure the licence you plan to use does not expire while you’re away.
Use the address that is shown on your Canadian driver’s licence.
You can still obtain an IDP. If you are applying by mail, include a note that states you are at a different address than your licence and include the address you would like the IDP mailed to.
The type of vehicle you will be driving with the IDP, based on those listed on your driving license (car, truck, motorcycle, bus etc.).
The date you will be leaving Canada or the date that you left Canada.
Yes, at the bottom of the application form there is an area for your credit card information. However, please phone your CAA club to provide your credit card CVV number, or provide a contact number so that the number can be obtained. Financial industry rules prohibit including this number on your application form or providing it via e-mail.
We accept both colour and black and white passport-quality photos.
Yes, the photographs must be identical and of passport size and quality. They must also have been take within the last year.
No, we only accept passport-quality photos. We suggest you have your photos taken at a CAA branch office, where quality and timeliness can be assured.
The IDP applicant must sign the photographs on either the front or the back.
Applying for an IDP while not currently in Canada:
Yes, you can still apply for an IDP through the mail. Please include a note that states you are not in Canada and the address you would like the IDP to be mailed to. You can also have a loved one apply for you, see question below.
Yes, as long as they have the required documents and a letter from you giving them permission to do this.
Yes, as long as you are still in possession of a valid Canadian drivers licence.
Yes, please include a note with your return address. If you would like it couriered please include this in the note, as well as access to funds to cover the courier cost.
No, only CAA can issue an IDP to individuals with Canadian driver’s licences.
Applying for an IDP as a member of DND/CAF