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Start Your Driving Adventure in Thailand with an International Driver's Permit

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Get your printed IDP + digital copy for $49
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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


Fill in the forms

Have your driver’s license and delivery address handy


Verify your ID

Upload pictures of your driver's license


Get approved

Wait for confirmation and you’re ready to go!

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Sawadee ka!

Thailand, the "Land of Smiles," invites you to experience its royal heritage, stunning landscapes, and flavorful cuisine. Travel by car from Chiang Mai to Phuket and enjoy the country's beautiful beaches, towering mountains, historic temples, and vibrant nightlife.

Let the International Drivers Association help you journey across the best places to visit in Thailand—all guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Getting an International Driving Permit in Thailand

Driving in Thailand with an International Driving Permit ensures you can legally operate a vehicle there. Thai authorities recognize the IDP, which helps you avoid legal issues and potential fines.

Car rental requirements

When renting a car in Thailand, agencies may require a valid driver’s license and often prefer or mandate an IDP for international travelers. Having an IDP allows you to rent a car quickly and without hassle. This convenience means you can start your adventure without unnecessary delays.

Car insurance

Proper insurance is crucial for your safety and peace of mind while driving in Thailand. One significant benefit of an IDP is its role in obtaining car insurance in Thailand. Many insurance companies require an IDP when issuing policies to foreign drivers.

Overcoming language barriers

An IDP translates your driver’s license information into multiple languages, including Thai. This translation helps Thai authorities and locals understand your credentials. Whether police pull you over or need to communicate with rental agencies, the IDP makes the process smoother.

The application process

After securing your passport and other essential travel documents, it's time to apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP), which becomes an easier process.


When applying for an International Driving Permit (IDP) for Thailand, ensure you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be at least 18
  • You must hold a valid driver's license from your home country

Visiting Automobile Associations or Government Agency Body

Step 1: Locate the right office

Identify the nearest automobile association or government agency body that issues IDPs. In many countries, this is typically the national automobile association (e.g., AAA in the United States, RAC in the United Kingdom).

Step 2: Gather the required documents

Make sure you have all the necessary documents:

  • Valid driver's license from your home country
  • Passport-sized photos (usually two)
  • Completed IDP application form (can often be downloaded from the association's website)
  • Valid passport (for identification purposes)

Step 3: Visit the office

Visit the office with your documents. It’s advisable to check their operating hours and whether you need to schedule an appointment.

Step 4: Pay the application fee

Pay the required application fee. The fee varies by country and issuing body, so it’s best to check the specific amount beforehand.

Step 5: Submit your application

Submit your application form, along with the required documents and fee. The IDP is usually issued on the spot, but some offices might take a few days to process it.

Third-Party Organizations: International Drivers Association

When renting a car in Thailand, you can apply for your IDP through the International Drivers Association (IDA) for a convenient and hassle-free experience.

Step 1: Access the International Drivers Association website and click the “Get Started” button.

Step 2: Fill out the online application form with accurate personal information, driver’s license details, and planned travel dates.

Step 3: Upload scanned copies or photos of your valid driver’s license, passport-sized photos, and valid passport.

Step 4: Pay the application fee using the online payment options provided. The fee starts at $49.

Step 5: Submit your completed application for a digital copy of your IDP in 8 minutes.

FAQs: International Driving Permit in Thailand

Will Thailand accept my foreign driver’s license?

Yes, your foreign driver’s license will be accepted in Thailand, provided you also have an International Driving Permit (IDP). Therefore, make sure to add an IDP to your list of requirements before traveling to Thailand. Carrying your foreign driver’s license and IDP while driving in Thailand is important to avoid legal issues.

Do I need to get a separate IDP for other provinces, like Phuket?

No, you don’t need a separate IDP for different provinces in Thailand. An International Driving Permit is valid throughout the country, including all provinces such as Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and others. Once you have an IDP, you can drive legally across Thailand without additional permits.

How long is an IDP valid?

An International Driving Permit is usually valid for one year from the issue date. However, the validity can vary depending on the issuing country’s regulations. With the IDA, you can apply for a 3-year IDP.

How can I renew my IDP for Thailand?

If your current IDP is expired, follow these steps:

1. You can apply for a new IDP through the organization that issued your original permit or another reputable organization, such as the International Drivers Association (IDA).

2. Ensure you have all the necessary documents, including your valid driver’s license, passport-sized photos, and completed application form.

3. Submit your application along with the required documents and application fee.

4. If you apply online, you will most likely receive a renewed digital copy. Otherwise, you will receive your IDP via mail.

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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