What is an International Driving Permit?An International Driving Permit (IDP) certifies that you are a legally competent driver and allows you to drive in more than 150 countries worldwide. The license contains your name, photo, and personal information in the world's 12 most widely spoken languages , as well as information on when your original booklet was issued and which vehicles you can drive with it. It is essential to know that the IDP is not an official identity document and cannot be used as a substitute for a driver's license, but only as a translation or authentication. So you should always carry your original driver's license with you.
Some countries, car rental agencies, insurance companies, and road traffic authorities may ask to see your International Driving Permit (IDP) when you're abroad, so it's best to carry it with you at all times. On the other hand, it is very important to always carry and show your original license along with your IDP when asked.