Your Passport to Overseas Driving

If you're going overseas and plan to drive, having an International Driving Permit (IDP) can minimise inconvenience for drivers in countries where English is not commonly spoken.

Containing driving terms in various languages, the International Driving Permit eases communication with car rental companies and other authorities. IDP is the only official legal document sanctioned by the UN Convention on Road Traffic.

Where Can You Apply for an International Driving Permit?

Automobile Association of Singapore (AA) is the authorised organisation to issue International Driving Permit in Singapore. Following the Convention Road Traffic of 19 September 1949, this international driving licence issued by AA Singapore is valid for 1-year from the date of issue.

Foreigners who wish to convert their licence to a Singapore driving licence, please click here (then select 'Singapore Driving Licence') or call the Singapore Traffic Police at 6547 0000 for more information.

How Much Does an International Driving Permit Application Costs in Singapore?

At AA Singapore, we ensure that the cost of applying for an international driving licence remains minimal.  You can get an international driving licence at just $20 and get it on the spot when you walk-in to apply for it. There is a courier fee of $5.50 for online application which processing and courier delivery take 10 working days. 

Read more on how to apply

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What Are the Conditions of Issue?

  • Singaporean applicants looking to apply for an International Driving Permit. They must present BOTH valid Singapore Driving Licence and Residency pass.
  • Foreigners must present BOTH valid Singapore Driving Licence and Employment Pass / FIN card with at least 6 months’ validity. If you possess a foreign driving licence, please click here to learn more on how to convert it to Singapore Driving Licence.
  • The International Driving Permit cannot be issued to holders of foreign driving licences in Singapore. Holders of foreign driving licences can only apply for an International Driving Permit in the country where their driving licences were issued.
  • The International Driving Permit must contain a photograph of the applicant. Online applicants can submit a passport-sized photo in JPG format; walk-in applicants will have their photos taken on-site at no additional charges. If you are applying on behalf of an applicant, a hardcopy photograph of the applicant is required.
  • Should your Singapore Driving Licence be defaced, or if the residency status in your Singapore Driving Licence is different from your NRIC, please contact Singapore Traffic Police for a replacement before applying for an International Driving Permit at AA Singapore. You can still apply for an International Driving Permit with the acknowledgement slip from Traffic Police. If you are required to go overseas before receiving your Singapore Driving Licence, please obtain an extract from Traffic Police. An extract fee is applicable.

Where Can You Use Your International Driving Permit?

This driving permit 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 driving permit is recognised. Please note that China, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam do not recognise this international driving licence.  An IDP applicant who intends to drive in Sri Lanka, needs to visit the AA Ceylon or Department of Motor Transport, with a valid Singapore driving license and IDP, to obtain a temporary driving license in order to drive there. A minimal fee is payable for the temporary driving license.

Your International Driving Permit is useful in the following situations:

  • Car rental
  • Traffic violations
  • Traffic accidents
  • Motor insurance claims
  • Verifying driver with photo identification

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International Driving Permit Validity

  • The permit is valid for one (1) year from the date of issue and is NOT RENEWABLE.
  • Applicant's valid Singapore driving licence must accompany the permit at all times when driving overseas.
  • The International Driving Permit issued is NOT VALID for use in Singapore or the permit holder’s home country to which the holder is transferring his/her residency.
  • The permit is VOID when the holder gives up his/her Singapore Citizenship or Singapore Permanent Residency or does not have a valid Singapore Employment Pass / FIN card.
  • A signature of an International Driving Permit holder is required on the line directly beneath the photograph.

Reminder: If you are going to a country for any reason other than leisure and intend to stay 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.

How to Apply for an International Driving Licence Online?

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Please note that some countries do not recognise IDP. Other countries may require the driver to apply for a temporary driving licence in addition to IDP. IDP applicant is to check with the respective car rental company on the requirement to drive in the respective countries before application.

Due to the high demand for the International Driving Permit, please note that the processing and courier delivery time is revised to 10 working days.

The processing time for an International Driving Permit and delivery via local courier^^ is about 10 working days (exclude submission day). An additional $5.50 will be added to your cart prior to checkout for the courier fee.

*If you are looking to get your international driving licence in less than 10 working days, please submit a walk-in application over the counter to receive your permit on the spot.

*We seek your understanding that our counter staff will not be able to process the applications received via the online portal. Kindly note that there will be no refund for the duplicate applications.

*Our online payment is accepted via PayPal. Do not have a PayPal account? No worries! Simply check out as a Guest to make payment using your credit card.

Please have the following documents ready before applying for your international driving licence online:

  • A copy of your physical Singapore driving licence (front and back). 
  • A copy of your physical NRIC (front and back) for Singaporeans / Permanent Residents.
  • A copy of your employment pass/FIN Card (front and back) for foreigners.
  • A clear coloured passport-sized photograph of the IDP applicant in plain, light background
    • Taken within the last 2 years
    • Sharp and clear image resolution
    • Full face is visible
    • Photographs with watermarks will be rejected (Do not submit the photo image on your passport, NRIC or Driving Licence card as there is a watermark on it)
    • Note: Your application will be delayed if the photograph does not meet our requirements.

Should you need to submit Singpass Digital Driving Licence, we will follow the name as per NRIC. Please note that you are still required to bring along your physical driving licence to use together with the International Driving Permit when you are driving overseas.

Should you need to submit Singpass NRIC, please ensure screenshots has your name, address and place of birth to avoid delay. 

^^ We do not mail your International Driving Permit overseas

*Unless otherwise specified, the delivery will be made to your address as per your NRIC. To change the delivery address, please indicate it within the application form. Kindly note that we will not use the address stated in your Paypal account. 

*In event of a failed delivery attempt, the courier would slot the permit into your letterbox, if it is unlocked. Otherwise, kindly note that an additional fee will be incurred for redelivery to your address following the failed delivery attempt.  

*For enquiry on delivery status, please contact AA Customer Service at 6333 8811 ext *148 or Whatsapp to 9779 3028 during Monday to Friday, exclude PH. Alternatively, you can also email to customer.service@aas.com.sg (we regret to inform that the response may up to 5 working days). 

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How to Apply for an International Driving Licence Through Walk-In Application?

The following documents are required for your International Driving Permit application:

  • Applicants must bring along their Singapore Driving Licence and NRIC / FIN card.
  • The applicant's picture will be taken on-site at no additional charges.
  • If you are applying on behalf of the applicant, a hardcopy of the applicant's passport-sized photo, a copy of the applicant’s Singapore Driving Licence and NRIC/FIN card are required.
  • Your permit can be collected on-the-spot within 1 hour. It would require 2 hours during the peak period.

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