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Countries That Allow You To Drive With An Indian Driving License.

ByRohit kashyap

Feb 22, 2024

Traveling abroad can be an exciting adventure, but it often requires careful planning and documentation. An essential document to consider is your license to drive. If you’re an Indian citizen planning to drive abroad by car then you should be aware of which countries recognize and accept your Indian driver’s license. This article provides a list of countries that accept Indian driver’s license for driving and ensures that you are fully prepared for your upcoming international driving experience.

When traveling abroad, you usually depend on the local or public transportation system to reach your destination. However, driving a car or riding a bike through scenic areas of foreign countries will undoubtedly enhance your memorable trip to the new country.

Did you know that there are several countries that allow you to drive with an Indian License and do not require an International Driving License or Permit (IDP)? All you need is your Indian Driving License, and you can travel the country without worrying about a country-specific Driving License.

Here are more details about the countries accepting Indian DL.
1. United States of America (USA)
Most states in the United States allow you to drive a rental car with your Indian driver’s license. You can drive for one year, but make sure the document is valid and in English. Along with your driver’s license, you must also carry the I-94 form, which contains the date you entered the United States.

2. Australia
In Australia, you drive on the left side of the road, as you would in India. You can drive through the roads of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, the Australian Capital Region, and the Northern Region for three months. Ensure that your driver’s license is in English rather than any of the Indian vernacular languages.

3. United Kingdom
You can drive on the roads of the United Kingdom (UK), which includes England, Wales, and Scotland, with your Indian driver’s license for one year. Please keep in mind that drivers with an Indian driver’s license can only drive certain types of vehicles in the UK.

4. New Zealand
You can drive in New Zealand with your Indian driver’s license for one year. However, driving a car in the country requires you to be at least 21 years old. You must drive on the left side of the road, just as in India. Ensure your DL is in English or a translated copy authorized by New Zealand Transport Authorities.

5. Canada
The snow-capped mountains, as well as the scenic road trip to the Rocky Mountains through Canada, will undoubtedly provide unforgettable memories. Make sure you drive on the right side of the road, as opposed to how you drive in India. The Indian DL is valid for 60 days, after which you must have a Canadian Driving License to drive in the country.

Documents Required While Crossing Land Borders.

1. Valid Passport.
2. Visa (as per your Itinerary plan to destination country.)
3. Carnet (Passport or Document for the car while crossing land border.)
4. Vehicle Registration Certificate.
5. Insurance Documents.
6. Vehicle Number Plate (Some countries issue Vehicle Number Plates for foreign vehicles.)