An IDP can only be issued to a full licence holder who is over 18 years of age. It is not available for commercial use. Most countries allow use of an IDP for a maximum of 12 months.
You must also carry your current New Zealand's driver's licence with you when you travel. For security reasons we recommend your IDP and New Zealand driver licence are kept separately when travelling.
An IDP cannot be used:
You'll need to organise this before you travel overseas. There are three ways to apply - and if you need a passport photo taken, you can do it at an AA Centre. AA Members receive a discount.
* It must be taken with a plain background in JPG format, between 35-45mm wide and 45-55mm high at a resolution of 300dpi. This size ensures an acceptable quality photo can be reproduced.
** If you are paying by cheque, please make payable to NZAA Inc. or provide your credit card details. For overseas applications a bank draft or credit card is required.
You can apply through our online application form.
When your application has been received and processed we will send your IDP via the post option you selected.
For New Zealand postal addresses, you'll receive your IDP within one to two working days. For all other addresses, you'll receive your IDP within seven to 21 working days, depending on the delivery method you choose.
The AA accepts no liability for the free replacement of any correctly addressed document once it has been delivered to a postal or courier service for onward delivery.
Should the document be lost in the post and not received, completion of a new application form and payment of another processing fee will be applicable.
International Driving Permits are valid for one year from date of issue. However the period during which an IDP is recognised for each visit may vary in some countries. The AA takes all steps to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in this table, however requirements may change without warning and specific restrictions may apply.
We recommend you check with the club or local authority in the country you're planning to visit either prior to or on arrival to ensure you have the most up to date information.
|A - C||Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Aguila (1), Angola, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain (1,2), Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia (1,2), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada (1,2), Cape Verde Islands, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo Dem Rep., Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic|
|D - F||Denmark, Dijibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France & French Overseas Depts., French Polynesia|
|G - I||Gambia (1), Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy|
|J - L||Jamaica (2), Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati (1), Korea (Rep.), Kuwait (1), Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho (1), Liberia, Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg|
|M - O||Macao, Macedonia (FYROM), Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (1), Namibia, Nepal (1), Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua (1), Niger, Norway, Oman|
|P - R||Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines (1), Poland, Portugal (inc Madeira & the Azores) (1), Qatar (1), Russia, Romania (1), Rwanda|
|S - U||San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore (1), Slovakia, Slovenia (3), South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Kitts & Nevis, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago (1), Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay|
|V - W||Vatican City, Venezuela, Windward Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe|
The Cook Islands, Tonga, China and Samoa do not accept IDPs or current New Zealand driving licences. However a Visitor's Driving Licence can be obtained after arrival. You will be required to provide a current New Zealand driving licence to the authorities and pay a Visitor's Driving Licence fee.