Driving a two-wheeler or four-wheeler on road involves risk to the surrounding public and property. That is why it is a criminal offence in India to drive without a valid driving licence. Owning a driving licence proves that you know how to drive a vehicle. However, very few people know that an Indian driving licence is held valid in foreign countries as well.
If you are planning to travel to a abroad, you should check whether the country accepts Indian driving licence.
If the country does not hold Indian driving licence valid, you can apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be able to drive on foreign roads.
Below listed are few countries which accept Indian driving licence with few or no conditions. Read on to find out more:
Australia is fast emerging as one of the go-to destinations for Indians, whether it is for further studies, job opportunities or just on holiday. There is no need for you to hire a driver to rely on public transport since your Indian driving licence is valid here.
The validity of an Indian driving licence is limited to three months in Northern parts of Australia. However, New South Wales, South Australia and Australian Capital Territory accept Indian driving licences for more than a year.
New Zealand is a neighbour of Australia and holds an Indian driving licence valid for one entire year from the date of entry into the nation. Here you can legally drive with your Indian driving licence. The scenic views and clear roads will surely make it a memorable road trip.
However, you are required to meet the below mentioned conditions:
- You should be 21 years old or above.
- You Indian driving licence should be in english or you must carry an authorised translated copy from the New Zealand Transport Agency.
The home to Swiss Alps and the world over as a cheese & chocolate haven, 'Switzerland' permits drivers holding a valid Indian driving licence to legally drive in their country for one year from the date of entry. However, the licence document should be in English to be accepted.
The country is also known for its well-kept streets and low accident rates, making it a safe place to test your driving mettle if you so desire.
The famous French food and wine await you in this beautiful European country, which is yours to explore by road. You can choose to drive yourself around anywhere in the country provided you have a authorised French translation of your valid Indian driving licence. Explore the streets of Paris, drive along the Cannes coast or visit the island of Corsica for some unforgettable driving experiences.
One of the most developed nations in the African continent, South Africa boasts many marvels such as the Table Mountain and Kruger National Park. Known for its breath taking natural beauty, the country permits Indians holding a valid driving licence to rent a car and explore the country by road for a period of one year.
United States of America
Whether you're in the USA visiting relatives, working or studying, you can travel distances across this vast country behind the wheel of your own car or a rental. The US allows Indians to drive within the country for a period of one year on their valid Indian driving licence as long as the licence document is in English. You should also carry a copy of an attested form I-94 while driving on the American roads.
The drivers holding a valid Indian driving licence can legally drive in England, Scotland and Wales for one entire year. However, the licence should be in English. Do remember that you can only drive specific class of vehicles in UK, not all vehicles.
The German state allows Indians living or travelling to the country to drive anywhere within its borders using their valid Indian driving licence. The driving licence has to be translated into German and can be used to rent or drive a car in the country for a period of 6 months.
Another Scandinavian country, Finland permits all those holding a valid Indian driver's licence to drive within the county for a period ranging between 6 months and 1 year, depending on the health insurance policy you hold.
Sweden is another country that allows drivers holding a valid Indian driving licence to drive in their country. However, the licence document should be in English, Swedish, German, Danish, Norwegian, or French language. The driver is also required to carry a valid Identity Card and a photograph at all times.