An International Driving Permit (IDP) allows an individual to drive a private motor vehicle in another nation when accompanied by a valid license from their home country. The document is slightly larger than a standard passport and is essentially a multiple language translation of one’s own existing driver’s license, complete with photograph and vital statistics. It is not a license to operate a motor vehicle on its own.The IDP is also sort of a translated booklet of our driving eligibility that appear in various languages such as English, Chinese and Arabic so that it will help to be self-explanatory if you happen to be stopped on the road. It is only valid for one year duration and renewable thereafter as long as your Malaysian driving license is still valid.
Example of IDP
HOW TO APPLY FOR AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT?
In Malaysia, this can be done either at any JPJ/RTD state offices or any Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) branches (only if you’re a member of AAM).
Below are the required documents to be prepared and the International Driving Permit will be ready to be collected on the same day.
1. Form JPJ L1
2. The original domestic driving license valid for 1 year;
3. * Original Identity Card, MyKad
4. * Original and copy of passport (for non-citizens)
5. 2 passport size color photographs
RM 150 per year for AAM member and RM160 for non-member.
* If the application is made by the authorized representative of the applicant, copy of identity card and driving license copy must be submitted.
–All drivers in Malaysia are required to have a valid driving licence – either a Malaysian driving licence, a foreign (e.g. UK) driving licence, or an International Driving Permit (if the foreign driving licence has been lost or is being renewed).A UK driving licence can be used in Malaysia for three months only.