A driver’s license is a legal authorization, or the official document confirming such an authorization, for a specific individual to operate one or more types of motorized vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, trucks, or buses on a public road. Such licenses are often plastic and the size of a credit card.
The International Driving Permit (IDP) is a document that grants someone the privilege of driving a motor vehicle legally while abroad. It does not replace your National driver’s license.
Essentially, an IDP serves as a basic translation of your driver’s license. It is translated into different languages and its features are;
Relevant driver information.
The following requirements and restrictions apply:
You must carry both your IDP and your National driver’s license when driving abroad.
You must obtain your IDP in the same country that issued your driver’s license.
You can never use your IDP to drive in the country in which it was issued.
IDP is valid for 3 years.
International Driver’s License vs. International Driving Permit
You may hear the term “international driver’s license” or “IDL” used; however, this is an incorrect reference to the International Driving Permit.
When do you need an IDP
Many countries require drivers from other nations to hold an international driving permit to drive within their borders. Showing an IDP in these countries can prevent legal hassles such as bail fees and fine fees when you are stopped at roadblocks or in an accident and unable to show proof of your eligibility to drive.
Note that while not all countries require IDPs, you might find it helpful to obtain one anyway. It serves as extremely useful identification because it is translated into 10 languages, so it can prevent communication issues during the process of ID checks.
An IDP may also be necessary to rent a car in the country you’re visiting.
If you have any questions about whether to obtain an IDP, talk to your travel agent or rental car agent
How to apply for an International Driver’s Permit
You can only apply for your international driving permit through the Automobile Association of Zimbabwe (AAZ).
- Your metal license
- 2 passport size photos
- A copy of your driver’s license
- Payment for the applicable fee. (In local currency, RTGS)
- You must be at least 18 years old to apply for an international driving permit.
How much is an international driver’s license in Zimbabwe?
How much is an international driver’s Licence in Zimbabwe? Our price for an IDL/IDP in Zimbabwe is only $69. And the entire process can be done easily in three easy steps as indicated in the previous question.
How long does it take to get an international driver’s license in Zimbabwe?
You will receive a Printed and Digital International Driver’s License booklet and card. The Digital IDL is sent in 2 hours and your physical IDL will be mailed.
Can you drive in Canada with a Zimbabwean license?
If you plan to use a foreign driver’s licence in Canada, you should get an International Driving Permit (IDP) in your home country. An IDP will give you a translation of your licence into French and English.