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International Driver's License In Indonesia: Rent a car with ease

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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.

How to get your IDP


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Driving Rules in Indonesia

Up for a real-life temple run? Discover Indonesia and be amazed by this amazing country.  Driving in Indonesia can be challenging. However, familiarize yourself with a few rules and you will do just fine! 

Important Reminders:

  • Drive on the left side of the road.
  • Minimum age to drive is 17 years old, and for car rental is 23 years old.
  • Seat belt for ALL passengers is a must.
  • Hands-free is a must. Keep your phone away unless it is hands-free.
  • Do not drink and drive in Indonesia!
  • Speed limit in Indonesia is 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h in rural roads and 100 km/h in motorways.
  • Be sure to have first aid kit, early warning device, reflective vest and fire extinguisher in your car at all times.

Driving in the Winter

Winter is not a concern. Drive with extra caution from November to March as it is rainy season. Indonesian roads are pretty slippery so always check your tires.

Enjoy your trip and have a safe travel!

Does Indonesia recognize IDP?

Yes, Indonesia is one of those countries that recognize the validity of an IDP. However, you must know that your IDP will only be considered valid if your home country driving license is present. And it doesn’t matter if it’s in English or not, since not all local Indonesian national police may be well-versed in the language. It allows you to drive in any foreign country without getting a specific driving licence from that country as per the United Nations during the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

Our International Driver’s Permit (IDP) is also used when renting a motor vehicle or a motorbike via local car rental companies. That’s why if you want to drive and explore places in Indonesia like Jakarta, it is highly recommended to get one.

When you order from us, our IDP application process is straightforward. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Prepare your valid driver’s license, a passport-sized photo, and credit card.
  2. Fill out the application form according to what is written on your valid driver’s license.
  3. Attach a copy of your driver’s license and your photo.
  4. Input your credit card details to pay for the IDP fee.
  5. Monitor shipment updates via your email.

Can I drive in Indonesia with UK license?

Yes, you can drive in Indonesia whether you have the U.S. driver’s license or a driver’s license from the following countries: Hong Kong, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, New Zealand, and more as long as your driver’s license is supported by an IDP.

However, please note the following when you get your IDP.

  • An IDP does not indicate that you are exempted from local traffic violations
  • It does not indicate that you’re allowed to drive even if you’re below the minimum age to drive in the country
  • If you plan on staying in the country for more than three months, you are advised to take a practical test, theory test, and present a KITAP or permanent stay permit in the country to be granted an Indonesian driving license.

Top Destinations in Indonesia

Indonesia’s collection of marvelous treasures makes it a perfect destination to discover the astonishing diversity of cultures, landscapes, and cities. Having almost 13,500 islands on its territory, there’s no wonder why it is gifted with countless offers for adventure, sacred exploration, and thrilling volcanic activities.


Borobudur is an ancient temple that is also a legendary landmark in Indonesia, the Borobudur. It was built way back in the 8th century and crafted into a traditional Buddhist mandala. Due to its unique structure, it has been highly recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Over the centuries, people forgot about the historical site as most of the population has moved to the eastern section of Java because of volcanic eruptions. However, it has been rediscovered in the 1800s. Since that day, it has been one of the main draws in the country.

Komodo National Park

The Komodo National Park proudly boasts its marine life treasures and the pristine waters that conceal the islands surrounding the site. This park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site for having some of the most abundant and most diverse gems in the world.

If you have leisure time to spend, try checking the Pink Beach. You will be stunned as the entire stretch is filled with pink sand.

Pura Tanah Lot

Pura Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s famous iconic temples. It is gorgeously resting on a diving rock formation right on the sea. Even though the original portion of the rock has deteriorated and its section is already artificial, this doesn’t hinder Pura Tanah Lot to gain visitors.

Sacred Monkey Forest

Right in the cultural heart of Bali, you will find the Sacred Monkey Forest. It is a paradise where you can feel the glorious majesty of the place. In this divine temple, you will be able to see a lot of long-tailed macaques. It is a species of monkey that is mostly seen in Southeast Asia. The cool thing about this site is history. Balinese Hinduism greatly combines numerous different religions creating a unique among any other types of Hinduism.

Most Important Driving Rules

If you are planning to drive to Indonesia, take note that the traffic situation in Southeast Asia countries is different from other foreign countries like the U.S., Europe, and Australia. One needs to be knowledgeable about the different behaviors and demeanors of the drivers on the road. Whether it may be a good trait or not, it is better to learn them and be able to know how to deal with them.

Use the left side of the road to drive

Indonesians do follow the “left side of the roadway of life.” So, all local drivers can be seen using the left lane to drive and the right for overtaking if there is leeway. Never tempt to be an unruly driver on the road as it will lead to accidents.

Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol

There have been a lot of reports involving drunk driving in the cities of Indonesia. Remember that the country has zero-tolerance for the drivers who will get caught intoxicated.

Bring rental documents if driving a rented car

In Indonesia, aside from keeping the IDP and real driver’s license, you should also bring the rental documents along your way. This will serve as proof that you don’t own the car and you are just a renter. It will help the authorities know that you are a tourist.

Secure seatbelts on the front seat

Front seat passengers are obliged to wear their seatbelts at all times whenever on the road. Though the seatbelt law only applies to the driver and the front passenger, for the safety of every occupant in the vehicle, they can also fasten their seatbelts with them.

Avoid using a mobile phone while driving

Like in many other countries, the use of handheld devices is strictly prohibited. Drivers should never use their phones while driving. It will only divide their focus on the road. And that’s dangerous.

When you get involved in a traffic accident and get injured, you must wait for the police and medical assistance to come. If you encounter a pedestrian accident, the driver must transport the person in case there is no ambulance available. You would somehow be asked by the authorities in case they request.

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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