DMV: International Driver Permits

International Driver Permits

SERVICE ADVISORY:  DMV will close for the Labor Day holiday as usual on Friday, Sept. 4, at 12:30 p.m. and will not have its half-day office hours the next day, Saturday. This follows contractual agreements related to state and federal holidays that occur on Mondays as Labor Day does. Offices will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7:45 a.m. 

An International Driver Permit (IDP) is essentially an English translation of a foreign language driver's license issued by a foreign country. These permits can only be obtained in the country which issued the actual license.

Students and Visitors to Connecticut:

An IDP is not considered a valid license. It must accompany the valid foreign license. Connecticut permits a student or visitor to operate a motor vehicle in Connecticut for a period of up to one year with his or her foreign license.  If the license is in a language other than English or Spanish, the license must be accompanied by an IDP which serves as an English translation of the foreign license. 

Note:  Out-of-country licenses are not acceptable as a form of identification.  

Connecticut Residents Traveling Abroad:

If you hold a Connecticut Driver's License and will be traveling abroad for an extended stay in a non-English speaking country and you plan to operate a motor vehicle there, you can obtain an IDP by contacting your local Automobile Association of America (AAA).





Content Last Modified on 7/29/2015 12:05:09 PM