How to Get an International Driving License in India


An international driving license is recognized by many countries and provides travelers with the flexibility of renting a car and exploring the area. In the U.S., travelers considering driving abroad are encouraged to apply for an international driver's permit stateside because the application can be processed locally or by mail and the permit it is valid from one year of issue. A traveler already in India may apply in-person for an international driving license by visiting select government offices and submitting additional authenticated documentation such as birth certificate, visa and passport.

Things You'll Need

  • Valid driver's license
  • Passport-size photos (up to five)
  • International driving permit application
  • Pen
  • Valid passport
  • Valid visa
  • Medical form

Application in USA

  • Download the application for an international driving permit from the American Automobile Association at (see link in Resources for PDF).

  • Complete the application and be sure to check the box, "International Driving Permit" for desired permit. Sign your name on the back of each of two passport-size photos.

  • Visit your nearest AAA branch accepting these applications or follow the instructions to mail the application. When applying in person, be sure that you have two, signed passport-size photos, driver's license, AAA membership card (if applicable) and fee. When applying by mail, be sure to include two, signed passport-size photos, a copy of the front and back of your driver's license and check for the fee.

Application in India

  • Download, print out and complete the Medical 1A form from the Delhi Government Transport Department:

  • Locate a zonal office (see Resource for directory link). Prepare five passport-size photos, authenticated (notarized) copies of your address and birth certificate, along with your valid driver's license, passport, visa and completed original Medical 1A form.

  • Visit the zonal office between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time to submit your documents and fees.

Tips & Warnings

  • Retain all original documents such as license/identification card, birth certificate, passport and visa.


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