The international driving license is a translation of the national driving license into many languages. The first ID cards appeared in 1926 after the Paris International Convention relative to Motor Traffic. The international driver's license was also influenced by two other conventions in 1949 and 1968. The international driving permit is the same as the international driving license.
Getting an international driver's license in Costa Rica while you are in Costa Rica if you have a valid Costa Rica national driver's license. If you are only planning to visit Costa Rica, you can contact the competent authority in your country. If you are already traveling and do not have an IDL, the only option is to have your national driving license translated online. This is a faster, more convenient and easier way to continue to drive when you travel.
We remind you that an international driver's license is valid only with a valid national license.
According to the Vienna Convention of 1968, international driving permit are authorized to be issued by national governments or organizations to which these functions have been delegated. In most countries, this is done by automobile associations affiliated to the AIT/FIA, the police or other organizations. To get an international driving license in Costa Rica, you must have a local license and apply to the authorities responsible for this (we try to keep the information up to date, let us know if the link does not work). The cost and timing of issuance differs from country to country.
If you have a national license not issued in Costa Rica, you need to check if you have the right to drive with your license and if you need an IDP. If you do, the only way out is to order a translation of your driver's license with delivery or an electronic version (check with the rental car company if the electronic version will work), for example with us.
If you are a U.S. citizen and only have a U.S. driver's license when you travel, you can get an IDP from AAA - but you have to do it before you travel to Costa Rica!
How to get an international driver's license in Costa Rica?expand_more
If you have a local license and want to travel contact a competent organization. If you are an American and plan to travel in advance, you can get an IDP from AAA. In other cases, you can have your driver's license translated into the required languages so that you can travel with your national license and its translation.
How to apply for international driving license?expand_more
Our application process is fast and simple. Complete the IDD application form, attach a copy of your valid driver's license, your handwritten signature and a color ID photo, and make the payment. You can apply online here.
Do you need an international driving license for Costa Rica?expand_more
Costa Rica has unified its driving license in accordance with the 1968 Vienna Convention. If you have a driver's license from one of the 67 countries that did the same, you do NOT need an international driver's license to drive in Costa Rica. Drivers from other countries not on the list need an international driver's license, unless there is an additional agreement between Costa Rica and the country that issued your driver's licence about special conditions.
Can I drive in Costa Rica with a US license?expand_more
You can only drive in Costa Rica with your driver's license if you have a valid international driving permit (IDP). Additional information for traveling U.S. citizens can be found on the government website.
Сan an American drive in Costa Rica?expand_more
To drive an American in Costa Rica, you must have an international driving permit (IDP). Additional information for traveling U.S. citizens can be found on the government website.
What is the International Driver's document?expand_more
Our IDD is ideal for travelers visiting multilingual destinations. No test is required and the IDD is valid for up to three years. This document is used in conjunction with, but does not replace, your valid national license; it is a translation of your driver’s license in three formats.
Can I rent a car with this document?expand_more
Usually yes. However, as requirements vary from region to region, you are advised to inquire directly with car rental companies.
Can I purchase car insurance with the IDD?expand_more
Usually yes. However, as requirements vary from region to region, you are advised to inquire directly with local insurances companies.
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