How do I get an international driver’s license in South Africa?

To obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) in South Africa, you can follow these steps:

  1. Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria. To apply for an IDP, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid South African driver’s license.
  2. Automobile Association of South Africa (AASA): Visit a local office of the Automobile Association of South Africa (AASA). The AASA is the authorized issuer of IDPs in South Africa. You can find the nearest AASA office by visiting their website or contacting their customer service.
  3. Required Documents: Prepare the necessary documents. You will typically need the following:
    • Valid South African driver’s license
    • Two recent passport-sized photographs
    • Proof of identity (e.g., valid passport or ID card)
    • Proof of address (e.g., utility bill or bank statement)
  4. Application Process: At the AASA office, complete an application form for the International Driving Permit. You can obtain the form at the office or sometimes download it from their website in advance. Fill in all the required information accurately.
  5. Payment: Pay the required fee. The AASA will inform you about the applicable fee for obtaining an IDP. Payment methods may vary depending on the specific AASA office, so it’s advisable to inquire about accepted payment options beforehand.
  6. Processing Time: Wait for the processing of your IDP. The AASA will process your application and issue the International Driving Permit accordingly. The processing time may vary, so it’s recommended to inquire about the estimated timeframe.
  7. Validity: Once issued, the International Driving Permit is typically valid for one year from the date of issue or until the expiration of your South African driver’s license, whichever comes first.

Remember, an International Driving Permit is not a standalone document and must be accompanied by your valid South African driver’s license when driving abroad. Additionally, it’s advisable to familiarize yourself with the driving regulations and requirements of the country you plan to visit, as some may have specific rules regarding the use of IDPs.