hits counter
International Driving Permit

Your Passport to Overseas Driving

The International Driving Permit (IDP) is recognised worldwide as a valuable document identifying motorists as legally-licensed drivers.

While the Singapore driving licence is recognised in many countries, the IDP can minimise inconvenience when renting a car or driving in a country where English is not commonly spoken. The IDP contains driving terms in various languages and can aid communication with car rental companies and other authorities. The IDP is also a useful form of photo identification for the driver.

For peace of mind, we recommend Singapore driving licence holders intending to drive in a foreign country to apply for an IDP. The IDP is valid for one year from the date of issue.

Foreign driving licence holders wishing to convert to a Singapore driving licence, please click here or call the Singapore Traffic Police at 6547 0000 for more information.


  • Singaporean applicants must present BOTH a Singapore valid driving licence and NRIC.
  • In addition to a valid Singapore driving licence, foreigners must present an Employment Pass / FIN Card with at least 6 months’ validity.
  • The IDP cannot be issued to holders of foreign driving licences. They must apply for the IDP in the country that issued their driving licence.
  •  To apply online, a passport-sized photograph in JPG format is required. To apply over our counters, your image will be captured as part of the application process. Please bring a hardcopy photograph of the applicant if you are applying on his/her behalf.

Conditions of Issue

  • The IDP is valid in the territory of all the Contracting States of Convention on Road Traffic of 19 September 1949.
  • Click here for a list of countries in which the 1949 IDP is recognised.
  • The issuance of an IDP is restricted to the applicant holding a valid driving licence.
  • Your valid Singapore driving licence must accompany the IDP at all times when driving overseas.
  • The IDP issued is NOT VALID for use in Singapore or the IDP holder’s home country to which the IDP holder is transferring his residency.
  • The IDP is VOID when the IDP holder gives up his/her Singapore Citizenship or Singapore Permanent Residency, or does not have a valid Singapore employment pass/S-pass/work permit.
  • The IDP is valid for one (1) year from date of issue and is NOT RENEWABLE.
  • The IDP requires your signature on the line directly beneath your photograph.

Important Reminder

For those going to a country for any reason other than leisure travel, and staying for a period longer than 3 months, please contact the respective embassy or consulate office of the country of destination to obtain more information on driving licence requirements.

Cost of Application

  • IDP fee: $20

Ways to Apply for IDP

Over the Counter

For walk-in application: the processing time is within 1 hr

Proceed to our friendly counter services at: 

AA @ GB Point

(Next to Blk 69 Food Centre, formerly the site of Mandarin Theatre)

535 Kallang Bahru
#01-08 GB Point
Singapore 339351

Click here to view map.

Mon to Fri: 8.30am – 5.30pm, last submission at 5.15pm
Sat: 8.30am – 1pm, last submission at 12.45pm
(Not open on Sundays and Public Holidays)


AA @ 51 AMK

(Next to AMK Hub, above McDonalds and S11 coffeeshop)

51 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
#02-02 51@AMK
Singapore 569922

Click here to view map.

Daily: 10am – 10pm, last submission at 9.45pm

Apply Online

You can opt for self-collection or local registered delivery by Singpost.

Self-collection: Minimum processing time is 5 working days
Local delivery^^: Additional 3 to 5 working days
^^Please note that the IDP is not mailed overseas.  



Special Promotion for International Driving Permit Applicants!

Automobile Association of Singapore is an authorised booking centre for Hertz

Enjoy $20* off Hertz Affordable Rates for car rentals in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Europe when you apply for an International Driving Permit. AA members will enjoy a further 10% discount!

    * Terms and Conditions
  • A valid IDP must be produced upon booking
  • Promotion is valid for a minimum of 5 days rental, applicable for Compact car group onwards.
  • Promotion is only valid on Affordable Rates for self-drive rentals at all participating locations in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Europe.
  • Reservation must be made at least 24 hours before departure.
  • Minimum rental age requirement applies and is subject to local renting conditions.
  • No other discounts or promotions can be used concurrently.
  • Blackout dates and standard Hertz terms and conditions apply.
  • Valid till 31 December 2016