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International Driving Permits

An International Driving Permit, or IDP, is a special license that allows motorists to drive vehicles in international traffic without further tests or applications. It is proof that the holder possesses a valid driver's license issued by a competent authority in their country of residence.

An IDP is available in Canada exclusively at CAA Stores. They are available to both CAA Members and non-members. To learn more, visit a CAA Store, contact a CAA Travel Consultant or call 1-800-267-8713.

How to Get an International Driving Permit

Visit a CAA Store in-person to purchase your International Driving Permit. You will need:

  • A valid Canadian driver’s license or a photocopy (front and back)
  • Two signed passport photos, which can be taken onsite at CAA Stores
  • Fee payment of $25

Find a Store

Complete the online application and mail to 2151 Thurston Drive, Ottawa, ON K1G 6C9. You will need:

  • A valid Canadian driver’s license or a photocopy (front and back)
  • Two signed passport photos, which can be taken at a CAA Store
  • A fee payment of $25.

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You’ve Asked, We’ve Answered

No. CAA Travel issues International Diving Permits for all Canadians – regardless whether they have a CAA Membership.

You must be at least 18 years of age.

The cost of an International Driving Permit is $25 CAD.

No. You must have at least a G2 Ontario driver’s licence.

Yes. You can get an International Driving Permit with a G2 Ontario driver’s licence.

Please use the address that is shown on your Canadian driver’s license.

An International Driving Permit can be acquired at any CAA Stores in person, or by mail to any CAA Store. In either case, the appropriate application and necessary documentation must be presented.

Yes. The application form allows you to list your credit card number, expiry date, and signature.

An International Driving Permit is valid for one year from the issued date.

No. Only new photos may be used when applying for an International Driving Permit.

Yes, but only after you have obtained written proof from the Ministry of Transportation in the province or territory where you are licensed that you still have a valid driver's license.


Individuals who visit a CAA Store will have an International Driving Permit issued within 24 hours. If an application is mailed in, please allow up to three weeks from the time we receive the documents.

This question refers to the type of vehicle you will be driving with the International Driving Permit. For example: car, truck, motorcycle, or bus.

Penalties can vary from a fine to a citation. Without an International Driving Permit, a driver is therefore driving without a valid license, and if stopped, law enforcement has the option of arresting the driver an taking them to jail or giving the driver a citation with a mandatory court appearance.

Yes. As long as you have a photocopy of their driver’s license, two signed passport photos, completed application signed by your family member, along with a signed letter by the individual indicating your have the permission to do this.

Both colour and black and white are acceptable.

*CAA Travel Insurance is underwritten by Orion Travel Insurance Company, a CAA Company. Certain exclusions, limitations and restrictions apply. Subject to change without notice. A Medical Questionnaire may be required to purchase travel insurance. Quotes are valid for 30 days. Applies to CAA Members in good standing (CAA Membership dues paid in full by Membership expiry date). Up to twenty percent (20%) savings applies to the total premium excluding applicable taxes. Minimum premium applies. Subject to change without notice. Excludes Visitors to Canada Insurance. CAA Rewards®, Classic®, and Plus® Members save 10%. CAA Premier® Members save 20% at CAA Stores or by calling 1-800-267-8713. CAA Premier Members save 10% and earn 10% in CAA Dollars® when booking online.

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