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International Driver's License In Nepal: 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.

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Hit the Road with an International Driving Permit

Renting a car in Nepal can take you to some off-the-beaten-path destinations and provide you with the flexibility to explore the country at your own pace. However, before you hit the road, ensuring you have all the necessary documents is important. One of those documents is an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Requirements and Process for Obtaining an International Driving Permit to Drive in Nepal

To drive in Nepal, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is a mandatory requirement for all foreign drivers. It must be accompanied by a valid driver's license from your home country. While some car rental companies may not strictly enforce this rule, it is crucial to comply to avoid potential fines or issues with local authorities.

How to Obtain an International Driving Permit in Nepal

In general, there are two different ways to obtain an IDP in Nepal:

In-County Application

If you are already in Nepal, you can obtain an IDP through the Department of Transport Management (DoTM) office. The process is relatively straightforward and requires the following documents:

  • A valid Nepali driving license
  • Copy of your national driver's license
  • Copy of your passport with a valid visa stamp
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs

After securing your passport and other necessary documents, you will need to fill out an application form and submit it along with the necessary fees. The DoTM office will then issue your IDP within a few days. Don't forget your credit card or cash for the fees.

Online Application

Organizations like the International Driver's Association also issue IDPs for travelers. You can get a digital copy of your IDP by simply filling out an online application form and uploading the required documents. The digital copy will be emailed to you almost instantly.

Depending on your needs, you can apply for a one-year or three-year IDP, with prices starting at $49. To learn more about the application process and requirements, visit our pricing page.

Cost of an International Driving Permit in Nepal

The price depends on which method you choose to obtain your IDP. In-country applications usually cost around 500 Nepali Rupees, while online applications may have different rates depending on the organization you choose.

Benefits of having an International Driving Permit

Valid in most countries

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is accepted in over 150 countries, allowing drivers to travel smoothly and rent vehicles confidently without a hassle.

Peace of mind

Having an IDP ensures that you are legally covered while driving abroad, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to enjoy your trip without worry.

Reduces language barrier

The IDP translates your driving credentials into multiple languages, reducing the language barrier and making it easier for you to communicate with local authorities and rental agencies.

Reduces or removes the risk of being fined

Possessing an IDP significantly lowers the risk of getting fined or facing legal complications for not having the proper documentation while driving in a foreign country.


Is it possible to get an IDP upon arrival in Nepal?

Yes, it is possible to obtain an IDP upon arrival in Nepal through the DoTM office. However, we always recommend having your IDP before your trip to avoid any potential delays or issues. This way, you can maximize your time in Nepal and have a hassle-free experience.

Can I use my IDP in Nepal if I have a driver's license in a different country?

Yes, you can use your IDP in Nepal as long as you also have a valid driver's license from your home country. IDP is recognized by more than 150 countries and is a translation of your existing license.

Can I drive any type of vehicle with an IDP in Nepal?

No, you can only drive the same types of vehicles allowed by your home country's driver's license. For example, if your home country's license only allows you to drive cars, then you can only drive cars in Nepal with an IDP. Vehicles such as motorcycles and heavy-duty trucks require additional licenses or permits.

How long is an IDP valid in Nepal?

An IDP issued in Nepal is only valid for one year from the date of issue. It's important to ensure your IDP is valid before driving in the country.

Don't Miss These: Useful travel Tips for driving in Nepal

To make the most out of your driving experience in Nepal, check out some useful driving tips to keep in mind here.

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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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