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An International Driver's License will help you rent and drive vehicles worldwide.

An International Driver's License will help you rent and drive vehicles worldwide.

An International Driver’s License is a booklet that translates your domestic driver’s license into many languages — making it easier for you to rent and drive vehicles around the world.

If you are driving a car while in Italy or in any of the following approved Countries — You can use your International Driver’s License to translate your domestic driver’s license to rental agencies and local authorities.

We Abide By The International Driver’s License Booklet Specifications Detailed In The UN Convention of 1949.

How to get your IDL

How to get your IDL​

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What is an IDL/IDP?

Multiple terms can be used (IDL – International Driver’s License and IDP – International Driver’s Permit) to describe the documents that provide multi-language translations of your driver’s license allowing you to drive legally while traveling internationally.

They are often also referred to as an International Driving Permit or International Driving License.

Does Italy require an International Driver's License?

Yes, in Italy, an International Driving Permit is required for non-EU residents who with to drive with a non-European Union driver’s license.

An International Driving License functions as a translation of your original driver’s license and should be carried with your valid driver’s license from your home country.

Can anyone apply? Do I need to be an Italian citizen?

All nationalities are able to apply for an International Driver’s License.  The only requirement is current possession of a valid driver’s license.  During your application you will be asked to upload a recent headshot (how to submit headshot for your IDP/IDL) and driver’s license.  Specific citizenship (including Italian citizenship) is not a requirement.

Is my International Driver's License valid in Italy?

Are there any other requirements to drive in Italy?

Legal driving requirements in Italy include:

1. Possession of Driving License: Holding a valid and current driver’s license from your home country is mandatory. Furthermore, an International Driver’s License (IDL) is that provides a translation is also required. Using an International Driving Permit is allowed for periods less than12 months. Beyond this period, drivers must obtain a local license.

2. Age Restrictions: For most vehicles (including cars and motorcycles), the mininum driving age is 18. Certain mopeds can be driven by drivers as young as 16 years of age. While the legal age to drive is 18, most car rental places will set thier own minimum age of 21.

3. Insurance Coverage: Valid insurance coverage is mandatory for driving in Italy. While some visitors from EU states can use insurance coverage from back home, this does not cover every country. Please work with your rental agency or credit card provider to source insurance for any vehicles you plan to drive while in Italy

4. Traffic Laws – A brief list of traffic laws and regulations can be found below.

General International Driver's License Information and Frequently Asked Questions

General International Driver's License Information and Frequently Asked Questions

How to get an International Driver's License?

There are three steps to get an International Driving Permit:
1. Apply Online
2. Upload required license and headshot photos
3. Access your International Driving License digital copy instantly

How much will I pay for an International Driving License?

Starting at $35 – the total price for your International Driving permit is composed of the validity/duration (1-3 years), shipping options (digital only, standard or express shipping) and processing time (standard or urgent).

What information is included in an International Driver's Permit?

1. Driver Information: Name, Home Country, Date and Place of Birth, current headshot.

2. Multi-Language Translations: 12 Languages including English and Italian.

3. Vehicle Specifications: Endorsements that identify the exact types of vehicles you the permit holder can drive.

4. List of Countries: List of 175+ participating countries.

5. Special Conditions: Exlcusions and Restrictions

Sample permit can be found here: What is an International Driving Permit.

International Driving Permit Categories

Each International Driver’s License follows the A-E category system, which defines the types of vehicles you are authorized to drive.

A – Motorcycles: This category covers motorcycles of all engine sizes, including mopeds and sidecars.

B – Cars: The B category includes passenger vehicles with a maximum seating capacity of eight people. This typically encompasses regular cars, SUVs, and vans designed for personal transportation.

C – Large Vehicles: This category is for heavy-duty vehicles such as trucks and other large commercial vehicles.

D – Buses: The D category applies to vehicles designed to carry more than eight passengers, such as buses.

E – Trailers: The E category is used in conjunction with any of the above categories. It indicates that the license holder is allowed to tow trailers or other attachments, provided they fall within the appropriate weight and size limits for the vehicle category.

Is a digital International Driver's Permit the same as the original copy?

Every processed application of an International Driving License includes a digital version accessible online or downloadable to your mobile device. Whenever possible, it’s recommended to carry the physical copy of your International Driving License. When necessary, the digital copy can be presented to local authorities and car rental companies. Travelers en route to their next destination often rely on the digital copy for immediate access to their International Driver’s License if they did not bring their original copy with them or are waiting for it to be arrive.

Current E-ITA IDP holders who have misplaced their physical copy, can reach out to our support team. Complimentary replacements are available for global delivery with next-day shipping options.

If obtaining an International Driving License is needed to pick up a rental vehicle, use the online IDL application with expedited processing to have quick access to your digital license.

When will my International Driver's Permit application be processed?

International Driving License applications are completed online in less than five minutes. The regular processing period is two hours, but there is an option for expedited processing, which takes just 15 minutes. Your International Driver’s License will be accessible immediately after processing with shipment occurring next day.

Purchasing a vehicle with an International Driving License

Possession of an International Driver’s License is not obligatory when purchasing a vehicle. The key prerequisite for buying a vehicle is a valid form of identification. While your IDL enables you to drive legally in foreign countries, it is not regarded as a standalone document; rather, it complements another form of identification (such as your home license or passport).

How to apply for an International Driver's License with an expired license.

An International Driver’s Permit functions as a translation of your current driver’s license. While you have the option to apply for one with an expired license, it’s recommended to renew your home license at the earliest opportunity.

How to convert your International Driver's License into a local license?

The Italian department of motor vehicles (Motorizzazione Civile) will not allow an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) to be converted into a Italian driver’s license. An IDP is a supplementary document that translates your existing driver’s license into multiple languages, making it easier for you to drive in foreign countries. It does not replace or serve as a local driver’s license.

If you plan to reside in Italy long-term and wish to obtain a local driver’s license, you will typically need to go through the process of passing a written and practical driving test, submitting required documents, and possibly attending driving courses.

Italian traffic laws

  • People drive on the right side of the road.
  • Italy does have a national seat belt law. We recommend always wearing a seat belt if it is available.
  • Italy does have a national law prohibiting mobile phone use while driving. Using a hands-free device is permitted.
  • Italy does have a national law requiring the use of helmets when on motorcycle or scooter. This applies to both driver’s and passengers. Child passengers under the age of 5 are not allowed.
  • Legal Blood Alcohol Content Level: 0.05%. Do not drink and drive.
  • The maximum driving speed is 50 km/h (31 miles/hour) in urban areas and 110 km/h (68 miles/hour for main suburban roads, 90 km/h (55 miles/hour) for secondary suburban roads.

 

Source: World Health Organization

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The perfect companion for traveling overseas. Our travel wallet is designed to carry not just your personal IDs and credit cards, you can also fit your IDP Booklet and Passport! The travel wallet can also fit a most regular sized smart phones. Its RFID-blocking feature means your credit cards are safe whenever you travel.

Size: 12 x 18 cm

Features:

– RFID-blocking travel wallet
– 17 card slots
– Passport holder
– IDP Booklet hold
– Coin slot with zipper closure
– Wristlet included
– Embossed with International Drivers Association logo