Get permission to drive in another country if you’re taking your own vehicle abroad or hiring one.
Step 1 Check where you can use your licence
You may need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive outside the UK.
Step 2 Apply for an international driving permit (IDP)
Step 3 Get insurance
Check this with your car hire company if you’re hiring a vehicle.
Step 4 Prepare the documents you need to take with you
If you're hiring a car you may need to share your driving licence information with the hire company.
If you got your licence in Northern Ireland, you’ll need to show the rental company your paper counterpart instead.
Step 5 Check the rules for the country you're travelling to
The rules for driving may be different in the country you're going to. For example, drink-driving rules might be different or you might need to carry extra equipment in your car.
- Check if you need to display a country sticker on your vehicle
- Check what you need to do if you’re driving in the EU, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway
- Check the travel advice for all countries
When you have your documents, insurance and any extra equipment you need you can drive abroad.