International Driving Permit (IDP)

Please note: The state of Florida announced that it has officially repealled the law mandating that Canadians driving within the state carry an International Driver’s Permit. Learn more.


An International Driving Permit (IDP) allows motorists to drive in most countries outside of North America, when accompanied by a valid Canadian driver's license.

Helping to make your travel experience abroad safe and hassle-free, International Driver's Permits can be obtained at any of BCAA's 27 Service Centres, or by mail. BCAA/CAA has been authorized by both the federal and provincial governments to be the exclusive issuing organization of International Driver’s Permits in Canada.

IDPs issued by BCAA are only valid outside Canada. The Canadian IDP is translated into ten languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, German, Arabic, Italian, Scandinavian and Portuguese.

Where is the BCAA/CAA IDP valid?

In all the countries that signed the 1949 Convention on Road Traffic. In addition, many other countries which are not signatories to the Convention recognize the IDP and accept it in their territories.

IDPs issued by BCAA/CAA are only valid outside Canada. Canadian drivers license issued in French will require a valid Canadian IDP when driving within the United States.

How do I get an IDP?

Print the IDP application, complete and submit to your local BCAA Service Centre.

IDP requirements

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age
  • Photocopy (front and back) of a valid Canadian driver's license
  • Two passport type photos (available at any BCAA Service Centre)
  • Pay the $25 fee

An IDP is only valid for one year from the date of issue. You must complete a new application if another IDP is required. Please note, BCAA also accepts AMEX payment for IDPs.

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