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IDP is essential when driving abroad

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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.

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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.

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Castles, beers, and the famous Autobahn are some of the things that come to mind when thinking about Germany. But did you know that international visitors may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive in Germany legally?

What's an International Driving Permit?

Sometimes referred to as an International Driver's License (IDP), an IDP is a document that translates your driver's license into 10 different languages. It is important not to confuse an IDP with a regular driver's license—it is only valid when used in conjunction with your regular license.

Who needs an IDP in Germany?

Not every tourist will need an IDP in Germany. This is especially true for those who plan to use the country's public transportation throughout their stay. However, international travelers planning to rent a car in Germany or drive their own vehicle must obtain an IDP before hitting the road.

Is IDP required in Germany?

In general, the German government does not require tourists from countries like the United States, Canada, or Australia to have an IDP to drive in Germany. As long as you have a valid driver's license from your home country and are not planning on staying for more than six months, you should be able to legally drive without an IDP.

However, major car rental companies like Hertz, Avis, and Europcar may require non-EU citizens to have an IDP to rent a car. It is always best to check with your rental company beforehand to avoid any issues.

Advantages of having an IDP for your trip to Germany

And while it may not be a legal requirement for all tourists, having an IDP can still come in handy during your trip to Germany. Here are some advantages of obtaining an IDP:

  • Provides a translation of your driver's license into 10 languages, making it easier for you to communicate with authorities or rental companies in case of any issues.
  • It is recognized as a valid form of identification worldwide, giving you peace of mind while driving in Germany and to any other foreign country.
  • Some insurance companies may require an IDP to provide coverage while driving abroad.
  • In the event of an accident, having an IDP can make the claims process smoother and more efficient.
  • Car insurance, such as liability and collision damage waivers, may be cheaper when presented with an IDP.
  • Obtaining an IDP before your trip is relatively easy and inexpensive, so it's better to be safe than sorry.
  • Hassle-free car rental experience. You can easily explore some of the best places to visit in Germany with your own vehicle without worrying about any potential language barriers.

How to get an IDP in Berlin

It is relatively easy to obtain an IDP in Berlin, Germany. The process usually involves filling out a form, providing a valid driver's license and passport photos, and paying a small fee. Visit our pricing page for more information on obtaining an IDP.

What other requirements do I need to drive in Germany?

Aside from having an IDP, there are a few other requirements for driving in Germany as a foreigner. These include:

  • Must be at least 18 years old to drive a private vehicle and 21 years old to rent a car.
  • Your vehicle must have valid insurance and registration documents from your home country.
  • Follow all traffic laws and regulations.
  • Don't forget to secure a passport with at least 6 months of validity.
  • Always carry your valid driver's license and IDP with you while driving.


Can I use my IDP in Germany if I have a learner's permit?

No, an IDP is only valid when used with a full driver's license from your home country. If you have a learner's permit, you must be accompanied by someone with a valid driver's license and at least 3 years of driving experience.

Can I use my IDP to rent motorcycles or scooters in Germany?

Technically, you can only rent a 50cc scooter with an IDP in Germany. For anything larger, you will need to have a valid motorcycle license from your home country. An IDP alone is not sufficient for motorcycle or scooter rental. Make sure to ask your rental company about their specific requirements.

Where else can I use my IDP besides Germany?

An IDP is recognized in over 150 countries worldwide, making it a valuable document while traveling. Some popular destinations that accept an IDP include France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. However, most IDPs are issued with only 1-year validity, so renew it if you plan on traveling frequently.

Are there any restrictions for driving in Germany with an IDP?

Yes, your IDP does not give you any additional driving privileges. One of the most important requirements before traveling to Germany is to familiarize yourself with the traffic laws and regulations. These can vary from country to country, so it's important to be aware of them before getting behind the wheel.

Ready to check if an IDP is accepted in your destination?

Use the form and find out in seconds whether you need an international permit. Documents vary, based on the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic.

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