In the realm of organizing your official documents for your travels, you might want to consider getting an International Driving Permit.
International Driving Permit (IDP) Basics
- It is a photo-ID supplement to your driving license, translated into many languages so you can drive and rent cars abroad. (It’s recognized in about 175 countries).
- As an extra piece of photo ID (which is generally recognized worldwide), it can be handy.
- You can apply for and renew your annual IDP from abroad (although it will probably be sent to your “home” address, so you might need it forwarded).
I initially thought it was a cash grab, but I must say in my six years of full-time traveling, it has come in handy a few times – even in English-speaking countries like Australia (where without one, I’d have had to apply for a pricey and labour-intensive local license since I was there for more than four months).
How to Get an IDP
In Canada you can get one through CAA.
If I’ve left out your country, check with your local license issuing authority, or do an online search. Be warned; there are a lot of unofficial IDP issuers out there; legal issuers are usually recognized Auto Associations or tied to the government in some way.
Here is a related resource on the kinds of official documents you might like to travel with:
Do you travel with an International Driving Permit?