Why carry an IDP while driving in El Salvador?

Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.

It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. El Salvador highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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Driving Rules in El Salvador

Journey to El Salvador. Known as the Land of Volcanoes, this amazing country will surely take your breath away. With its beautiful Pacific coastline and towering volcanoes, El Salvador will be a trip to remember. Drive your car to experience this country to the fullest. Here are a few reminders to keep in mind.

Important Reminders:

  • You drive on the right side of the road.
  • The minimum driving age is 18 years old. The minimum rental age is 21 years old.
  • Seat belt is a must.
  • Hands-free is a must.  
  • Drink moderately. The legal alcohol limit is 50 mg per 100 ml of blood.
  • The speed limit is 50 km/h in urban areas and 90 km in rural roads and expressways.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • Avoid driving at night. Roads may not be safe during evenings.

Driving in the Winter

El Salvador is a tropical country so there is no winter. Be sure to keep your emergency kits handy at all times. Rainy season is not the best time to travel  so avoid travelling from June to September.

Enjoy your stay and safe travels.

How to get your IDP

We’ve streamlined the application process down by creating a platform that guides you so you know exactly what you’ll need to successfully complete your application

1. Apply Online

Start your application for International Driver's License here.​​

2. Upload Photos

Make sure to upload an updated photo and with the correct parameters.​

3. Get approved

Wait for your confirmation and you are ready to go!​

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