An international driving permit (IDP) is a legal document which endorses your South African driver's license.
In many countries English is not an official language – and the IDP provides the translation of your South African driver's license into the 5 official UN languages, as well as several additional languages. This allows your license to be read and understood in the various countries to which you may be travelling. It will also assist you in foreign countries when you need to rent a car or obtain insurance while abroad.
It is strongly recommend that you obtain an IDP if you intend using a vehicle abroad.
An IDP may be issued at any Travel Experience store on receipt of the following:
In accordance with South African legislation, an international driving permit can only be issued if the applicant has a valid South African driver's license (credit card format). The IDP will be issued for a period not exceeding one year (1949 and/or 1926 convention) or three years (1968 convention), and not exceeding the validity period of the South African driver's license, whichever is earlier.
If the South African driver's license expires within the next year then the IDP will not be issued for the full period and restrictions on the validity period will apply. As the international driving permit serves as an endorsement of your South African driver's license, you must always carry your valid South African driver's licenses - as well as the IDP – with you when you are travelling abroad.
According to the National Road Traffic Act of 1996, a three (3) month grace period is provided if the driver has applied for renewal of his or her SA Driver's license prior to the local license expiring. This grace period entitles the driver to drive in South Africa only. According to the United Nations Convention Relative to Road Traffic of 1926, 1949 and 1968, signed and agreed to by South Africa, an international driving permit may not be valid or issued after the expiry date of the corresponding domestic license. The AA SA therefore cannot issue an IDP once the driver's license has expired (including during the three (3) month grace period).
Travel Experience cannot issue an IDP to residents of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland who are in the possession of a valid driver's license issued in the above mentioned countries. Citizens of Namibia who are in the possession of a valid Namibian driver's license can contact Travel Experience if they wish to obtain an IDP.