From the 7th of October to the 8th of November 1968 the Vienna Convention on road traffic was ratified. According to the Vienna Convention a unified form of international driving permit (IDP) which acts on the territory of the 98 countries was introduced (Austria, Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Vatican, Great Britain, Hungary, Venezuela, Vietnam, Guyana, Ghana, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Denmark, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, Israel, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Côte d’ivoire, Cuba, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liberia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Morocco, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, UAE, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, Philippines, Finland, France, Croatia, Central African Republic, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Chile, Switzerland, Sweden, Ecuador, Estonia, South Africa).

The international agreement was signed with the aim of improving road safety through the standardization of traffic rules.

An international driving permit may only be issued on the basis of a national driving permit. The IDP is issued only by the state in which the owner lives and already has a national driving license or a recognized national driving license issued by another state. The IDP is invalid in the territory of the issuing state.

The national legislation of the countries-participants of the Convention may not recognize valid on its territory a driver’s license, the owner of which is under the age of eighteen. Also, a driver’s license for driving cars or vehicles of categories C, D, CE and DE may be invalidated if its owner has not reached the age of twenty-one years.

The IDP is a booklet in format A6 (148 x 105 mm), with cover gray color and the inner sheets white. The front and inner sides of the first sheet of the cover must be printed in the state (or one of) language of the state in which the certificate is issued. The mandatory languages are French, English, Russian and Spanish. Entries are made in Latin letters or in words.

The validity of the international driving permit is limited to the date of expiry of the national driving license or three years from the date of issue of the IDP.

On the 21st of May 1977 the Vienna Convention on road traffic entered into force for the Republic of Belarus. Consequently, the citizens of the Republic of Belarus should carry an IDP along with their national driving license to leave their cars abroad.

Despite the abundance in the network of various proposals from other organizations that issue a driver’s license, for example , the only competent authority for the issuance of international driver’s licenses in the Republic of Belarus is the Road Traffic Police. Be careful and cautious. Please, be careful!

All information about the international driving permit is on the official website