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Will I Need an International Driving Permit in Canada?

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Customers from countries with a licence in a language other than English and the letters are not English (i.e. alphabet is not an extended Latin-based alphabet like German or Spanish but is Russian, Japanese, Arabic, etc.) will be required to present an International Driving Permit (IDP) accompanied by their home country driver's licence. Those with driving licences issued in the United States, New Zealand, the UK, or Australia generally do not need an International Driver's Permit to be able to drive in Canada.

Keep in mind that international renters may not rent a vehicle solely with the International Driver's Permit. It is because the IDP serves as a translation only, and is not recognised a licence nor is it considered valid identification. If you want to know what types of driver's licences do you need to rent a car, click here.

How can I get an International Driving Permit?

If you are a customer travelling to Canada, you cannot be issued an International Driving Permit from Canada. You will need to apply for your permit from your county of residence.

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Present your International Driving Permit . . .

You will be required to present an International Driving Permit (IDP) when you collect your rental car at the depot . However, keep in mind you will still need to show your driving licence from your country of residence to be able to rent a car.  This is because the IDP is not considered a licence nor it is considered valid identification.