Driving permits for driving overseas

29/06/22:  Delivery Delayed

  • Domestic deliveries are experiencing some delay and delivery will continue under the Orange Traffic Light setting. Please refer to NZ Post Domestic delivery updates page for the latest information.
  • International courier deliveries are experiencing a delay due to securing freight, they will be approximately two weeks delays to standard delivery times.
  • The untracked international delivery (Airmail) is available for some limited countries. There are delays of up to 7 – 10 working days for all destinations. **PLEASE NOTE: This is non tracked delivery. Should the document be lost and not received, completion of a new application form and payment of another processing fee will be applicable.**
  • Currently, International Courier delivery service to Iran and Mali is suspended.

International Driving Permits (IDP) are a document which allow you to drive overseas. The AA is the only place in New Zealand where you can apply for an IDP.


The need for an IDP varies between countries but it's recognised and recommended in many, especially where English is not widely spoken because it provides translations into many languages.

However, it's not a driver licence in its own right. You must also carry your current New Zealand's driver licence with you when you travel. Together both documents allow you to drive legally in most other countries.

IDP conditions

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 you to use an IDP for a maximum of 12 months.

You must also carry your current New Zealand's driver 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:

  • Permanently in another country. The IDP is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. If you become a permanent resident in another country, contact the local authority about a driver's licence.
  • On a working holiday. It is for touring or holiday purposes only. If you start work in another country, contact the local licensing authority about a driver's licence.

Apply for an IDP

You'll need to organise this before you travel overseas. There are two ways to apply - and if you need a passport photo taken, you can do it at an AA Centre or AA Agent. AA Members receive a discount.


You can apply through our online application form.

You'll need:

  • Scans of both sides of your current New Zealand driver’s licence in JPG format, approximately 85mm wide by 55mm high at a resolution of 300dpi (please note: old New Zealand paper licences are not accepted)
  • A scan of a recent I.D. photograph*
  • A credit card payment of NZ $38 plus delivery - make sure you select the delivery method you prefer on the form

At your nearest AA Centre or AA Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agent

You'll need:

  • Your current New Zealand driver's licence (please note: old New Zealand paper licences are not accepted)
  • A recent passport-sized photograph taken with a plain background. You can have a passport photo taken at an AA Centre - AA Members receive a discount
  • To pay a $28 fee

* 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.


Receiving your IDP

When your application has been received and processed we will send your IDP via the delivery option you selected. 

For New Zealand addresses, you'll receive your IDP within three to five working days. For all overseas addresses, you'll receive your IDP within 14 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 and not received, completion of a new application form and payment of another processing fee will be applicable.


Countries that accept IDPs

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, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain (1), Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan (2), Bolivia (1), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei (2), Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada (1,2), Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo Dem Rep., Costa Rica (2), Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic
D - F Denmark, Dijibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt (2), El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France & French Overseas Depts., French Polynesia
G - I Gabon, Gambia (2), Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy
J - L Jamaica (1), Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati (2), Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho (2), Liberia, Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
M - O Macao (2), Macedonia (FYROM), Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal (2), Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua (1,2), Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman (2)
P - R Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines (2), Poland, Portugal (inc Madeira & the Azores)(2), Qatar (2), Russia, Romania (2), Rwanda
S - U San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia (3), South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Kitts & Nevis, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan (2), Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay
V - W Vatican City, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Table notes

  1. For private vehicles only
  2. Certain conditions or time restrictions apply
  3. Only if country of residence does not issue 1968 IDPs

Countries that do not accept IDPs

Anguilla, Antigua, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, China, Myanmar, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Windward Islands 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.

The Cook Islands do not accept IDPs, however visitors from certain countries can use their local licence. Certain conditions or time restrictions apply.

IDP for overseas licence

NZAA is only authorised to issue an IDP for an NZ licence.

If you hold an overseas licence and looking to obtain an IDP, please visit the FIA – International Driving Permit site here to find out who issues the IDP for your licence.

If you have any questions regarding an international driving permit email [email protected]