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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 Mexico

Driving in Mexico, following the Mexican driving rules, is a simple way to see the country's beauty. Mexico has many roads that cover every part of the country. Most of these roads are in good shape, making driving easy and direct.

Here are some important reminders in driving in Mexico:

  • You must bring with you a valid passport, valid driving license and international driving license, especially if you are planning to rent a car.
  • Drive on the right side of the road.
  • Legal driving age is 18.
  • Minimum age for car rental is 25 years old and should holding a driving licence for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Maximum legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers is 0.8 g/l of blood.
  • Speed limits for cars is 40 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h in rural areas and 120 km/h in highways.
  • Phone is allowed as long as it’s hands free.
  • Seat belt is a must.
  • Avoid to drive at night when you’re alone.

Driving in the Winter

It is uncommon to see snow in Mexico unless you are planning to visit areas located at altitudes greater than 10,000 feet above sea level. There are two main seasons in Mexico: rainy and dry.

  • Rainy season last from May or June through October or November.
  • Dry season last from December to April. 

One of the top 10 most visited countries globally, Mexico is a tourism powerhouse, boasting abundant sunshine, breathtaking landscapes, and inviting sandy beaches. It is also home to over 30 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including renowned ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins, rivaling its famous beach destinations in popularity.

To fully enjoy these experiences at your leisure, consider exploring the country by car equipped with an International Driving Permit (IDP).

International Driving Permit FAQs

Is an International Driving Permit Needed in Mexico?

Yes. Despite its proximity to the United States, not everyone in this country is fluent in English. Therefore, it's strongly recommended for foreign drivers to obtain an IDP. An IDP is a translation of your home country's valid driver's license.

Can I Drive with a US License in Mexico?

Tourists can drive just like local drivers if they have a valid US Driver's License and an IDP.

Without these documents, you risk being stopped by local authorities and possibly facing fines or arrest, depending on the violation committed.

Additionally, securing an insurance policy for your rental car is essential when driving in another country to cover potential road traffic accidents. This is a mandatory requirement outlined by the State Department for US Citizens.

Are the IDP Requirements Different in Mexico Compared to Other Countries?

The requirements for an IDP here are similar to those in Iceland, Switzerland, New Zealand, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and others. The process typically involves submitting your valid driver's license, a passport-sized photo, credit card details for payment, and a completed application form.

How Do I Obtain an International Driving Permit in Mexico?

The process for obtaining an International Driver's Permit here aligns with standard international practices. An IDP may be necessary if you're renting a car, as some rental companies require it.

You can apply for an IDP through our website at the International Drivers Association, and we can dispatch a physical copy to any address in this country. Include your city, country, and zip code details accurately in your application for faster processing.

Key Driving Regulations in Mexico

Exploring Mexico by car is an efficient and enjoyable way to see the country, offering more flexibility and cost-effectiveness than public transport. Here's a guide to essential Mexico's traffic rules and regulations:

  • Required Documents: Carry a valid passport, driver's license, and an International Driving Permit, especially when renting a car.
  • Drive on the Right: In Mexico, motorists drive on the right side of the road.
  • Age Restrictions: The minimum driving age is 18, while car rentals require drivers to be at least 25 years old with a minimum of 2 years holding a driving license.
  • Alcohol Limits: The maximum legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.8 g/l of blood. However, some states have stricter limits.
  • Speed Limits: Adhere to speed limits of 40 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h in rural areas, and 120 km/h on highways.
  • Mobile Phone Use: Hands-free phone use is permitted.
  • Seatbelt Usage: Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory for all occupants.

Winter Driving and Seasons

Snow is rare except in high-altitude areas. Mexico has two main seasons:

  • Rainy season from May or June through October or November
  • Dry season from December to April

Discover Mexico: Top Destinations to Visit

Mexico, famous for its stunning beaches, is a treasure trove of history, cultural heritage, and exquisite cuisine. Here are some top destinations to explore:


Famous for its breathtaking beaches with fine sands and crystal-clear waters, Cancun offers more than just seaside relaxation. It's a hub of Mayan culture, historical monuments, and many entertaining activities. Despite its world-class status, it remains an affordable vacation spot in the Western Hemisphere.

Mexico City

As the capital and one of the world's most populous cities, Mexico City is a must-visit for its museums, art galleries, and historical attractions. The city's heart features a 15-square-kilometer UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting over 1,400 colonial buildings from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Chichen Itza

Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, Chichen Itza is a significant archeological site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and offers a deep dive into the Mayan civilization with well-preserved structures like El Castillo and the Temple of the Warriors.

Cabo, San Lucas

A premier beach destination, Cabo San Lucas is part of a stunning 30-kilometer coastline. It's famed for its luxurious hotels, resorts, and golf courses, making it a top choice for travelers seeking fun and luxury in the Baja Peninsula.


The capital city of Guanajuato, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a collage of historical buildings, colorful houses, and vibrant churches. Its subterranean streets and tunnels add to its charm, and attractions like the Mummies of Guanajuato exhibit offer unique experiences.


Famous for its scenic beauty and waterfront Mayan ruins, Tulum attracts beachgoers and history enthusiasts alike. Visitors can explore ancient ruins, swim in beaches and cenotes, and relax in the Caribbean ambiance with various accommodations.


As Mexico's second-largest city and the capital of Jalisco, Guadalajara is the birthplace of mariachi music. Its colonial and Tapatíos architectural influences and cultural events like the Guadalajara International Film Festival make it a must-visit destination.

Copper Canyon

In Chihuahua State, the Copper Canyon, a series of massive canyons larger than the Grand Canyon, offers breathtaking landscapes and adventurous activities. The El Chepe train journey through the canyon is a popular way to explore this natural wonder.


Yucatan's capital, Merida, showcases rich history and culture. Its colonial and pearl-white mansions, vibrant plazas, and Sunday markets provide a journey through time. The city's narrow streets lead to top museums, art galleries, and culinary delights.

Puerto Vallarta

Known as Vallarta or PV, this city on Jalisco's Pacific Coast balances resort luxury with traditional Mexican town charm. Visitors can enjoy beautiful beaches, upscale hotels, shopping centers, and adventurous excursions into jungles and waterfalls.

Get an IDP to Explore Mexico

Mexico's charm extends beyond its stunning beaches to a rich history featuring numerous UNESCO Heritage Sites. Set off on a dual adventure of sunbathing and cultural exploration, enhanced by the delightful flavors of Mexican cuisine; all made more accessible with an International Driving Permit!

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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