FAQs

1What is an International Driving Permit?

Permis International de Conducere

IDP Permis International de Conducere
International Driving Permit

An International Driving Permit (Permisul Internațional de Conducere) is a translation of your national Driving Licence in several languages. The IDP (permis international de conducere) does not hold any powers of its own apart from your driver’s licence, therefore you do not have a separate driving record with an IDD. The IDP or IDD is valid only when carried in conjunction with and acts as a translation of a driving licence. If you are traveling in a foreign country and are stopped by a law enforcement officer, your Domestic Driver’s Licence and IDD should be presented to the officer. If a citation is issued to you, it will be reflected on the driving record that is connected to your driver’s licence.
2What is an International Driving Document?

International Driving Document

IDD International Driving Document
Permisul International de Conducere

An International Driving Document (IDD) is a booklet containing translations of your national Driving Licence as an alternative to the International Driving Permit. The IDDs booklets contain the following.
– descriptions of all sections of the domestic Driving Licence translated into 7, 11, or 15 languages (depending on type).
– transcriptions of all data from the Domestic Driving Licence.
The IDD booklet CANNOT to be used as an ID or Driving Licence.
3What is the difference between an International Driving Permit and an International Driving Document?
Well, this question needs a detailed answer:

The first difference

is that the International Driving Permit (Permisul International de Conducere) can only be obtained from Union des Automobilistes Bulgares or Automobil Clubul Român (depending on citizenship). The International Driving Document can only be obtained from TSEA.
The second difference refers to the contents of the IPDs and IDD documents, as follows. There are two models for the International Driving Permit, according to Conventions on Road Traffic:
1. The 1949 model IDPs that are valid for up to 1 year.
2. The 1968 model IDPs that are valid for up to 3 years.
The IDPs (Permis international de conducere) are not an exact translation of the national Driving Permit. The International Driving Permit provides you the necessary information from your Driver’s Licence in several languages. The 1968 model contains transcriptions of only the main sections from national Driving Licence into several languages (no less than 7). For the 1949 model the situation is worse, as many of the sections from your national Driving Licence have no equivalent in the IDP 1949 model. (eg. Entitlement category AM has no equivalent in the IDP–1949 model).

On the flip side,

the International Driving Document (IDD or Permisul International de Conducere) has very simple and efficient content that works as follows: 1. All sections from your national Driving Licence are transcribed in the IDD document, in latin characters. 2. All sections from your national Driving Licence are described in detail, and even if some have no records, according your national law. Then all descriptions of the sections are translated into 7, 11 or 15 language, depending by IDD type. so anyone who read your IDD will understand clearly what is recorded in your Driving Licence.
In our opinion, the IDD is a very efficient booklet containing detailed translations of every section from your national Driving Licence and works better than any IDP type.
However, some countries will recognize the 1949 IDP only, so we cannot claim that IDDs issued by TSEA will be recognized in all countries. But it is very important to keep in mind that the national Driving Licence is the only official document that allows you to drive and the IDD or IPD acts only as a translation of your Driving Licence.

4How long does it take to get an IDD?
Getting an IDD doesn’t take a ton of time, but it’s certainly not something you want to leave until the last minute. It typically takes one to three days to process your IDD application. You can expedite the process with a request, but you should leave plenty of time before your trip to avoid getting stuck in an unfortunate situation
5How long is an IDD valid for?
IDDs are valid for up to 3 years, depending on type. However, validity of IDD cannot exceed the validity of your Domestic Driving Licence. Some countries also recognize IDDs from foreign visitors only for a few weeks, or only for as long as their tourist visas are valid.
Even though this IDD contains high quality translations of the Driving Licence, in some countries, authorities may only request a certain IDP format (such as IDP-1949), thus this IDD will not be considered valid.
6What happens if I am stopped and given a citation against my IDD
The IDD or IDP (permisul international de conducere)does not hold any powers of its own apart from your driver’s licence, therefore you do not have a separate driving record with an IDD. The IDD is valid only when carried in conjunction with and acts as a translation of a driving licence. If you are traveling in a foreign country and are stopped by a law enforcement officer, your Domestic Driver’s Licence and IDD should be presented to the officer. If a citation is issued to you, it will be reflected on the driving record that is connected to your driver’s licence. Penalties can range from fines to citations.
7Am I required to have an IDD in foreign countries?
Most countries, except in Europe, do not recognize a Driver’s Licence from other countries without an IDD or IDP (Permis International de Conducere). Some countries may honor a Driving Licence from your country, but require a local language translation, so the IDD can satisfy these needs. Keep in mind, however, that while a certain country’s government may not require an IDD, car rental companies may require an IDP or IDD to rent a car. Purchasing an IDD prior to departure can save a lot of potential hassles.
NOTE: If you are living permanently or staying for a long period of time in a foreign country, even though you may still hold a domestic Driver’s Licence, you must abide by local traffic laws. Many countries require that you obtain a local licence once you take up employment and/or residency.
8Does possession of the IDD along with my domestic-issued Driver’s Licence override any local laws?
No, you must adhere to all local laws. In many countries, if you take up residence or employment you must obtain a local Licence.

 

Important information to keep in mind.

– The IDP (permisul internațional de conducere) or IDD is not a stand-alone document or a substitute for a valid Driving Licence. You must carry your Domestic Driving Licence with your IDP at all times.
– The International Driving Permit (Permis International de Conducere) can only be obtained from Union des Automobilistes Bulgares.
– The IDD IS NOT to be used as an ID or Driving Licence.
– The IDD does not diminish your obligation to conform to the laws and regulations of the countries you visit.
– The validity of the IDD can never exceed the validity of your domestic driver’s licence.
– The IDD can only be issued to drivers holding a valid domestic Driving Licence.
– The IDD can only be issued to persons over 18 years of age.
– The IDD is not accepted as a recognizable form of identification.
– An IDD does NOT give you an extra form of photo ID along with your personal details.

 

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