What is the international driving permit?

Avto 23 March, 2018
  • Frédéric Mercier

    Friday, 23 march 2018 11:11

    Friday, 23 march 2018 11:11

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    You intend to travel and drive during your stay? In some countries, you may need an international driving permit (IDP).

    Issued by the canadian automobile Association (CAA), the PCI is neither more nor less than a translation of the information on your license into several languages. It also includes a photo of you as well as some information to adequately confirm your identity.


    According to the canadian government, “the PCI is a proof that the holder has in its country of residence, a valid driver’s license, issued by the competent authorities.” However, it has no legal value if it is not accompanied by your valid driver’s license.

    Not needed in the United States

    If you intend to travel to the United States or in other provinces of canada, a driver’s licence issued by Québec is enough. Not need to be accompanied by an idp.



    It is elsewhere in the world that the international driving license could well become a must-see.

    In Europe, for example, the PCI is mandatory for canadian citizens in several countries, including Portugal, Spain and Greece. Not only could you be in trouble if you were intercepted by a police officer without your PCI, but you may also be unable to rent a vehicle.

    Even if your quebec licence is usually accepted in other countries, such as France or England, it is recommended to order your IBO before you get there.

    If you want to have the heart net, please do not hesitate to visit the tourism website of the country where you want to take the wheel. The PCI is sold at a cost of about$ 25 and is valid for one year after the date of issuance.