DMV: International Driver Permits

International Driver Permits

Holiday Schedule:  On Friday, May 26, DMV offices will close at  12:30 p.m. for the Memorial Day holiday, and remain closed on Saturday, May 27.  Offices will reopen at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30.  More information can be found here.  

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