The International Driving Permit commonly referred to as an International driving license, is a translation of your local license into the language and regulations of your host country and allows motorists to drive in foreign countries without having to obtain the local driver’s license. This does not require you to undergo any driving lessons. Driving in a foreign country has been regulated since 1926 by the United Nations through 4 international conventions, subscribed by most countries in the world. Today, two conventions cover 98% of world countries: the 1949 Geneva Convention and the 1968 Vienna Convention, and nearly all IDPs are issued under these two conventions’ regulations. The authority for IDP-issuance resides in countries that are contracting parties to one of more UN Conventions on Road Traffic. Most of these countries delegate this task to the Automobile Clubs and motoring associations. This is the reason why AIT and FIA Clubs are the world’s largest organizations issuing IDPs.
IDPs entitle the holder to drive in all contracting countries other than his/her country of residence, without further examination, as long as you hold a valid domestic driving license. Contracting countries are those countries that have subscribed one or more of the UN International Conventions on Road Traffic. Always check the IDP requirements of your destination before you travel. It is a requirement for renting a car in many countries
An IDP gives you peace of mind while you are out exploring the world even if you are not planning to drive. Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in several languages –so it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit. In no way does it diminish the obligation of the holder to conform strictly to the laws and regulations of the countries you visit.
Below are the requirements for an IDP:
– 2 passport size photos (identical)
– Original and copy of valid Kenyan driving license
– Original and copy of valid passport (bio data page)
– Original and copy of national ID
– Duly filled in application Download
|Validity||AA members:||Non-members: (Inclusive of AA membership)|
|1 year||KES 6,000||KES 9,000|
|2 years||KES 11,000||KES 16,000|
|3 years||KES 15,000||KES 24,000|
Once you are done with the steps above, kindly visit your nearest branch.