How to get an International Driver’s License in South Africa

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You can apply for an International Driver’s License which is issued by Automobile Association (AA) in South Africa at VFS Global Application Centres in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. An international driving permit allows eligible applicants to drive vehicles in foreign countries.

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The added advantage of an IDP is that it is another form of identification for travellers, which is always handy.

A dedicated contact centre (012 4253058) and email support ( service are also available for customers to answer queries and track the application status.

VFS International Driving Permit Application Centre Contact Details

Cape Town
5 th Floor 47 Strand Street Cape Town

Unit 409, 4th Floor , 91-123 Cowey Road(Problem Mkhize), Essenwood , Durban

1st floor Rivonia Village Office Block, cnr. Rivonia Boulevard and Mutual Road, Rivonia

Cherry Lane Office Park, 1st Floor, 114 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181

Please note The AA through CFS cannot issue an IDP to citizens of Botswana, Lesotho or Eswatini who are in the possession of a valid driving licence issued in that country, but it can issue an IDP to citizens of Namibia who are in the possession of a valid Namibian driving licence.

Requirements for International Drivers License

  • Valid South African driving licence.
  • ID document or valid passport.
  • One (1) passport size photograph per International Driving Permit type (Photographs can be taken at selected stores. Please confirm with the store before collecting your IDP).

An IDP 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 validity of the IDP can never exceed the validity of your domestic driving licence