How to Get an International Driving License in India

How to Get an International Driving License in India
An international driver's license or driving permit can be used in conjunction with your valid country license to drive in more than 150 countries. The permit does not require additional testing, and is translated into a number of foreign languages in order to let you legally drive if required when you are abroad on vacation. If you plan on taking an outdoors vacation to India or conversely are leaving India to travel abroad where you may have a need to operate a vehicle, you will want to acquire an international driving license to avoid difficulties with local law enforcement.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Valid driver's license for your country
  • Valid driver's license for your country
Step 1
Join AAA at their website listed as resource number three at the bottom of this article if you are not already a member. AAA provides you the ability to obtain an international driving permit if you are already in India and neglected to obtain your license before leaving the country.
Step 2
Download the international driver's license application and complete the form. You will also need to include a copy of your valid, U.S. driver's license (both sides of the license), and two passport photos with the application.
Step 3
Include a cashier's check, money order, or major credit card with your applications as well as the current fees for express delivery of your permit with your application. Send to the current AAA address for international driving permits listed on their website. AAA will return the permit to you within two days as long as you include a self-addressed envelope with the carrier you desire the license to be shipped through.
Step 4
Obtain automobile transportation for the remainder of your trip after you have received the international driver's permit. If you obtain transportation prior to receiving the license, you will not be considered legal to drive in India until in receipt of the driving permit.

Obtaining an International Driving Permit for Indian Residents

Step 1
Visit the local office of the Western Indian Automobile Association (WIAA) to obtain the request form for your international driving permit. The WIAA can issue international driving permits for Indian citizens for periods of up to one year without needing to be renewed.
Step 2
Obtain four passport-styled, color photos to include with your application. You will also need to make a copy of your Indian driving license, and passport to include with the international driving permit application.
Step 3
Return to the WIAA office and turn your international driving permit application in to the office. You will need to have the fee for the permit with you when visiting the office. In 2009, the fee for Indian residents was 40 Rs.
Step 4
Confirm with your agent at WIAA if a competency test is required for your application prior to paying for the international license. Depending on your age and the countries that you intend to visit, you may be required to take a test to prove your ability to operate a vehicle in a foreign country. If you need to study for the test, you will only be afforded the opportunity to do so if you have not paid the application fee.
Step 5
Take the driving competency test if required and upon passing the WIAA office will grant your international driving permit.

Article Written By Jackson Lewis

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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