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International Driving Permit

Freedom to drive in countries around the world. 

An International Driving Permit, or IDP, is a conversion of your Canadian driver's licence into a universal driving classification, allowing you to drive a vehicle in most foreign countries without further tests or applications. It is proof that you possess a valid driver's licence, issued by a competent authority in Canada, and is only valid when used in conjunction with a valid Canadian driver's licence.  

Advantages of carrying an IDP?

An IDP gives you an extra form of photo identification, as well as providing a translation of your valid Canadian driver's licence into 10 different languages. Most international car rental agencies will request an IDP, even though one may not be required to drive in their country. If you’re planning on renting a vehicle in a country where English isn’t an official language, we recommend you get an International Driving Permit.

How do I get an IDP?

You can only receive an IDP if you are 18 years of age or older and hold a valid Canadian provincial driver's licence. In addition to meeting these conditions, you’ll need:

  1. Two (2) passport-sized photos. Available at your local BCAA.
  2. An IDP fee payment of $25. This fee can be paid by cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
  3. A completed and signed CAA IDP Application form. Applications may be completed in person at your local BCAA however we recommend that you print and fill in the application prior to your visit to expedite your transaction time.


Lower Mainland Residents:

To save time, you may choose to visit our Burnaby - Lougheed (Solo District) or Vancouver - SW Marine Drive locations for shorter wait times.

Getting an IDP when already outside of Canada

If you are already travelling outside of Canada and require an IDP, you can obtain one by mail. The following reasons are examples of when the mail option could be used:

• Lost your IDP and require a new one
• Need to get a new IDP because the one you have expired
• Didn’t know you needed an IDP until after you arrived at your destination

The following steps indicate what’s need to have an IDP mailed to you:

  1. Complete an IDP Application with an original signature
  2. Photocopy of valid Canadian Driver’s Licence (Front & Back)
  3. Two (2) passport-sized photos. They must be full-face front view and identical photos. Photos must also be on photo paper – Computer generated scanned photos are not acceptable.
  4. Payment of $25 for IDP + shipping costs

    • If paying by credit card, please contact us by phone, we cannot accept credit card numbers via mail.
    • If you require the IDP to be sent overseas, please contact us first as the cost of delivery will vary depending on the destination. Traceable methods for delivery are recommended.

Mail all the completed information to the BCAA Burnaby Service Location at 4567 Canada Way, Burnaby BC V5G4T1

BCAA is the exclusive provider of IDPs in BC. This is a public service available to Members and Non-Members.

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