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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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Can I drive with international license in Iran?

Driving with an International driver’s license (IDL), widely known as an International Driving Permit (IDP) in Iran, is recognized in any foreign country including Iran. However, to make this happen, you also need to have your valid driver’s license from your country of residence with you to make this possible.

As per the United Nations during the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic, you can drive any motor vehicle from a car rental company in the country like every other Iranian driver.

However, if you intend to drive in the country for more than three months like the local drivers in the country, then you’ll need an Iranian driver’s license, residency permit, aside from your International Driver's Permit.

Does international driving license cover driving in Iran?

Your international driving license or International Driver’s Permit from us, allows you to drive in Tehran or any other locations within Iran. Our IDP is widely recognized in 165+ countries worldwide including the following:

  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Iceland
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom

Is Iranian driving licence valid in USA?

Every US State recognizes an Iranian driver’s license as long as it is accompanied by an IDP. Your IDP translates your Iranian driver’s license into English, making it understandable or recognizable by US Citizens.

You can get your IDP from us.

Top Destinations in Iran

Iran is a land with rich history and culture that many tourist destinations are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. These stops demonstrate the country's religion, rituals, and traditions where many visitors can learn all about it. But if you aren't that interested in the country's history, there are plenty of restaurants where they offer delicious local foods for you to try and munch on. Also, remember that all driving directions have tolls, so it would be best to have some pocket money when driving at each destination.


Persepolis is located at the foot of Kuh-e Rahmat (Mountain of Mercy), which Darius I found in 518 B.C. It was once the Achaemenid Empire's capital and is known as the Gem of Achaemenid since it sets in urban planning, architecture, construction technology, and art. Now, it is part of the World's Greatest Archaeological Sites, and it's incomparable to other archaeological sites, not to mention that it has a unique civilization.

When visiting Persepolis, you can see their ancestors' outstanding carvings or the Pasargadae and Naqsh-E-Rustam, a stone tomb for the past kings. Although, this destination isn't for everyone since it is a historical site in the middle of the desert where historians or tourists that love history could only appreciate it. If you plan on visiting Persepolis, it is recommended to go during the springtime since it has the best temperature, not too hot and not too cold.

Valley of the Stars

The Valley of the Stars is located near the Berkeh Khalaf Village, and it is the most visited Geosites in the world. Some locals call it "Estalah-kaftah," which in English translates to "The Fallen Star" because they believe that the area was formed by meteor rain, while others call it the Ghost Valley. The reason why some locals call it the Ghost Valley is because of the weird sounds in the wind and the constant whisper that can be heard between the rocks.

When you visit the Valley of the Stars, you can let your imagination go wild and explore every rock formation and leave some kind of proof that you have indeed seen one of the unique Geosites worldwide.

Anzali Lagoon

Anzali Lagoon or Talab-e Anzali is on the coast of the Caspian Sea, near Anzali port. It has many islands and is registered as an international wetland; it is also home to hundreds of animals and plants. In Anzali Lagoon, you will get to see the rare plant Caspian Lotus while slowly boat riding in its calm waters, hear birds chirping, and watch flowers dance with the water movements.

If you don't like boat rides, there are also restaurants in the area where you can taste some local delicacies like Kabab-e Torsh, Mirza Ghasemi, and Baghala Ghatogh. Trying some local food in the area is sure to make your trip enjoyable without going on a boat ride.

Rudkhan Castle

This destination is located in the southwest of Foman, Gilan Province. Rudkhan is a medieval castle that was once under the military as a fortress, and it's made up of brick and stone. The castle is known as "Castle of Thousand Steps" but named "The Biggest Brick Fortress." Locals call it the Castle of Thousand Steps because you would need to take about 935 steps if you want to get to the top.

Katlah Khor Cave

Katlah Khor or Katale Khor Cave is located in Zanjan just by the Saqizloo mountains. You will see its entrance above a dry river and go down 700 meters deep to get to the first floor of the cave. Katale Khor means "Mount of Sun" since Katale indicates a low altitude mountain and Khor is an Avestan root that means Sun.

Before planning your trip to Kaltah Khor Cave, you must remember that Spring and Summer are the best times to go to the destination since the cave won't be filled with water during these seasons.

Chogha Zanbil

Located in the Khuzestan province, Chogha Zanbil was once a religious center of the holy city of the Kingdom of Elam, and it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It is an enormous ziggurat outside of Mesopotamia, and it was the best-preserved stepped pyramidal monument of its type. People who are fans of history and culture are highly recommended to visit here if you ever go to Iran since it is one of the best sites to learn about the country's history on the Median Empire.

When planning a trip to visit Chogha Zanbil, the best weather to go there would be early November to mid-March, where the weather is colder than usual. Chogha Zanbil is in a desert, so if you like to visit this tourist spot during the summer season, take note that it will be a very hot visit.

Babak Castle

Babak Castle, Babak Khoramdin Castle, or Babak Fortress, is in the north of Aharcity by the western ridges of the great river Gharasu or more known as Kalibr. You will see it at the top of a mountain summit, about 2,300 to 2,700 meters above sea level. To reach the castle's main gate, you would need to climb a very narrow mountain path.

Take extra caution when climbing since the trail can barely fit two people in it, but when you get to the top, you will be greeted with such beautiful landscapes and history since the castle was built to protect Babak Khoramdin during the uprising of the Abbasid Caliphate System in the 3rd Century A.H.

Most Important Driving Rules

Driving in the Islamic Republic of Iran is easy and delightful once you familiarize yourself with the Iran driving rules. Even if you're not highly skilled in driving, adhering to these rules allows you to comfortably navigate alongside other drivers in the country.

The Iran driving rules consist of several traffic regulations that ensure road safety. A thorough understanding of these rules is a must for all road users. Not only will this knowledge help you keep up with the local driving practices, but it will also help you avoid any unnecessary road traffic problems along the way. Hence, knowledge and respect for Iran driving rules are key to a pleasant driving experience in this beautiful country.

Law About Drinking and Driving

Like any other Islamic country, liquors in Iran are prohibited, so expect that drinking and driving have a severe punishment in their country. If they suspect you of drinking, you would need to comply with a breath test, and if you failed to comply with their test, you could receive punishment under Iran's Islamic Penal code, which is 80 lashes or a lighter penalty is a ticket. Either way, you should never bring any alcoholic beverages or liquor chocolates inside the country if you want to have a peaceful vacation.

Speed Limits

In Iran, there are three kinds of road traffic speed limits, one of each type of road. Inside the city, there is a maximum of 50 km/h speed; outside the town is around 70 to 110 km/h, depending on the posted sign, and; on highways, it is 70 to 120 km/h, also depending on the posted sign.

Knowing these speed limits can make your travels safer and trouble-free since there are plenty of speed cameras around the country's roads. So if you ever get pulled by the authorities, it is most likely because you are overspeeding. Avoid going to the police office during your trip by complying with the road traffic rules of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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