Many countries require Australians to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to a valid Australian driving licence to legally drive a car, or ride a motorbike. An IDP is a widely recognised document that can be issued by associated members of the Australian Automobile Association (AAA).
IDPs are issued through state and territory motoring clubs. To obtain an International Driving Permit, please contact the relevant IDP authority in your state:
Ø New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory — NRMA Motoring and Services
Ø Queensland — RACQ Ltd.(Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited)
Ø Victoria — RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria)
Ø South Australia — RAA (Royal Automobile Association of South Australia, Inc)
Ø Western Australia — RAC (Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (Incorporated)
Ø Tasmania — RACT (Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited)
Ø Northern Territory — AANT (Automobile Association of Northern Territory Inc), phone: (08) 8981 3837
Although many countries do not recognize U.S. driver's licenses, most countries accept an International Driving Permit (IDP). An IDP functions as an official translation of a U.S. driver's license into 10 foreign languages.
Before departure, you can obtain an IDP at a local office of one of the two automobile associations authorized by the U.S. Department of State: