Embarking on international travel requires more than just a passport for those who wish to drive abroad. An International Driving Permit (IDP) becomes a crucial document, facilitating driving in foreign countries under the Vienna Convention of 1968. This guide provides a comprehensive walkthrough for Pakistani citizens to obtain their IDP, ensuring a smooth and legal driving experience overseas.
Understanding the International Driving Permit
An IDP serves as an internationally recognized identity document that permits the holder to drive a private motor vehicle in countries that accept it. It complements, but does not replace, a valid driving license, making both essential for legal driving abroad.
Eligibility and Required Documents
To apply for an IDP in Pakistan, applicants must possess the following:
- Pakistani Driving License: A copy of the driving license issued from Lahore with at least one year remaining until expiry.
- Passport: A copy of the Pakistani Passport, valid for a minimum of six months, along with the Visa.
- CNIC: A copy of the applicant’s CNIC.
- Photographs: Two passport-sized photographs.
- Court Fee: A court fee of Rs. 66, obtainable from the district court.
- Receipt of Payment: A receipt of Rs. 450 payment made in any HBL bank.
Detailed Application Process
- Document Gathering: Start by collecting all the necessary documents, ensuring they are up-to-date and valid.
- Fee Payment: Pay the required fees at a district court and an HBL bank, and keep the receipts for submission.
- Submission of Application: Visit the nearest driving license center in Lahore with all documents and receipts.
- Receiving E-Receipt: Upon submission, an e-receipt will be issued, indicating the date for collecting the IDP.
- Collection of IDP: It is mandatory for the applicant to personally appear on the specified date to collect the IDP.
Acquiring an International Driving Permit is a straightforward process for Pakistani travelers, requiring basic documentation and a prompt application procedure. With an IDP, exploring the roads of foreign lands becomes a hassle-free experience, blending the thrill of travel with the convenience of personal mobility.