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International Driving Permit

How to obtain your International Driving Permit (IDP)

There are two ways to obtain your IDP.

In person

 Where to go
 Required documents
  • Valid Canadian driving permit.
  • Two passport photographs (available at your CAA-Quebec Travel Centre) in colour or black and white, signed by the IDP applicant. The photos must be identical, recent (maximum two years old) not digital and printed on specialized photographic paper (e.g. Kodak). The photos must be official passport size (about 4 cm wide by 5 cm high, with the subject’s face measuring 31 mm wide by 36 mm high from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head).

 Note that you must be aged 18 and over in order to get an IDP.

 Cost
  • CA$25.
 Payment methods
  • Cash
  • Direct payment
  • Credit card
  • Cheque (from a Canadian bank, payable to CAA-Quebec)
  • Postal money order
 Delivery time
  • You will receive your IDP at the CAA-Quebec location immediately.


By mail

 Where to send your application
     To the following address:
   
     CAA-Quebec
     International Driving Permit Department
     8000, rue Armand-Viau, bureau 500
     Québec (Québec)  G2C 2E2
 
 Required documents
  • The duly completed and signed IDP application form.
  • Legible photocopy of both sides of your Canadian driving permit. The address on the permit must be the same as the one appearing on the form.
  • Two passport photographs (available at your CAA-Quebec Travel Centre) in colour or black and white, signed by the IDP applicant. The photos must be identical, recent (maximum two years old) not digital and printed on specialized photographic paper (e.g. Kodak). The photos must be official passport size (about 4 cm wide by 5 cm high, with the subject’s face measuring 31 mm wide by 36 mm high from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head).

 Note that you must be aged 18 and over in order to get an IDP.

 Cost
  • CA$27 ($25 IDP fee plus $2 postage).
 Payment method
  • Credit card
  • Cheque (from a Canadian bank, payable to CAA-Quebec)
  • Postal money order
 Delivery time
  • Expect to wait two to three weeks for delivery of your IDP by mail.

 

Why?

Essentially, an IDP is a translation of your Quebec driving permit into a dozen languages, which makes it very useful when you travel abroad. You won't necessarily be asked for it when you rent a car, although it is required in some countries (inquire with your CAA-Quebec travel counsellor). But it's not hard to imagine how useful it can be if you're pulled over for a traffic violation by a police officer who can't understand a word of French… So, as you can see, your IDP helps facilitate communication, especially if you're stopped by the police, and also serves as extra ID. It goes without saying that an IDP can never replace your passport, no more so than it replaces your “real” driving permit. Think of it as a handy addition.

Clarifications on the International Driving Permit requirement for the State of Georgia

Who needs one?

If you only travel in North America (except in Georgia), you can drive easy knowing that your Quebec driving permit will be recognized wherever you go. However, it's a good idea to get an IDP if you plan to drive in many other countries. To inquire about the countries where the IDP is recognized, please contact a CAA-Quebec travel counsellor.
The IDP is valid for only one year from the date of issue. CAA-Quebec recommends that it not be issued earlier than a week before the planned departure date, so that its holder can get the most use out of its validity period.