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  • Who can issue IDPs in the US?
    Only AAA (American Automobile Association) has the authority to issue IDPs in the United States. IDPs are governed by international agreements signed in 1949 and 1968, and each country has the ability to designate which organization(s) is/are allowed to issue IDPs for driver’s licenses issued from that country. The United States has chosen to only grant the ability to issue IDPs to AAA. Up until 2022, the AATA (American Automobile Touring Alliance) also was an issuer of IDPs, but no longer can provides that service. Fast IDP is an expediter that works with AAA to get International Driving permits for people quickly.
  • Who needs an International Driving Permit?
    Travelers who are planning to drive in most foreign companies should get an IDP. Even if the country does not explicitly state that an IDP is required, some rental car agencies will not allow cars to be rented without an IDP. Always check with the embassy in the country you will be visiting and the company you will be renting a vehicle from to understand their current policies regarding International Driving Permits.
  • What is an International Driving Permit (IDP)?
    An International Driving Permit (IDP) is an official document that translates your U.S. driver's license into multiple languages. It allows you to legally drive in over 170 countries worldwide when used in conjunction with a valid US driver's license. It's important to note that an IDP is not a substitute for a valid driver's license. Travelers must carry both their original driver's license and the IDP when driving in a foreign country.
  • Where is an IDP not required?
    Some countries do not require travelers with a US driver's license to obtain an IDP before driving there on a temporary basis. As of November 2023, here are a handful of the most notable countries in this category: - Canada - Ireland - Mexico - South Africa - United Kingdom
  • Where are IDPs accepted?
    The vast majorities of countries in the world honor the International Driving Permit, based on a 1949 resolution passed by the United Nations. These are the countries where an IDP is honored: Afghanistan* Albania Algeria Andorra* Angola* Anguilla*/** Antigua*/** Argentina*** Armenia* Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan* Bahamas Bahrain* Bangladesh Barbados** Belarus* Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan* Bolivia*/*** Bosnia* Botswana Brazil (Inter-American Driving Permit Only) Brunei* Bulgaria Burkina Faso Cambodia Cameroon* Canada Cape Verde Islands* Cayman Islands* Central African Rep. Chad* Chile*** Colombia*/*** Comoros* Congo, Rep. of Congo, Dem. Rep. of Costa Rica*/*** Cote d´Ivoire Croatia* Cuba Curacao Cyprus Czech Rep. Denmark Djibouti* Dominica*/** Dominican Rep.*** Ecuador*** Egypt El Salvador*/*** Equatorial Guinea* Estonia* Fiji Finland France (including French overseas territories) French Polynesia Gabon* Gambia Georgia Germany* Ghana Gibraltar Greece Grenada** Guatemala*** Guernsey Guinea* Guinea-Bissau* Guyana Haiti*** Herzegovina* Honduras*/*** Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia* Iran* Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan* Kazakhstan* Kenya* Korea (Rep.) Kuwait* Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia* Lebanon Lesotho Liberia* Libya* Liechtenstein* Lithuania* Luxembourg Macao* Macedonia* Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Mali Malta Mauritania* Mauritius Mexico*/*** Moldova* Monaco Montenegro Montserrat*/** Morocco Mozambique* Myanmar* Namibia Nepal* Netherlands Netherlands Antilles New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua*/*** Niger Nigeria Norway Oman* Pakistan* Panama* Papua New Guinea Paraguay*** Perú*** Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar* Romania Russia Rwanda St. Kitts & Nevis*/** St. Lucia St. Vincent & the Grenadines San Marino Sao Tome & Principe* Saudi Arabia* Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia* South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sudan* Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland* Syria Taiwan Tajikistan* Tanzania Thailand Togo Trinidad & Tobago*** Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan*** Uganda Ukraine*** United Arab Emirates* United Kingdom Uruguay (Inter-American Driving Permit Only) Uzbekistan* Vatican City Venezuela*** Vietnam* Western Samoa Yemen* Zambia Zimbabwe * Not party to 1949 Convention: International Driving Permit Honored. **U.S. driver’s license and International Driving Permit recognized on presentation to local police and payment of Special Registration Fee upon arrival. ***Geographical Areas Which Honor Inter-American Driving Permits (Convention on Regulation of Inter-American Motor Vehicle Traffic, Organization of American States, Washington, D.C. 1943) as of January, 2009. If you intend to drive in Brazil or Uruguay, an Inter-American Driving Permit is required.
  • Where are IDPs issued for people with a driver's license from outside the US?
    Each country has a unique agency/agencies responsible for issuing International Driving Permits to people with drivers licenses from that country. Refer to this page on the official International Driving Permit website to see what organization(s) are authorized to administer IDPs in your country. Put differently, each country is only allowed to issue IDPs to people with drivers licenses from that country. Thus, you can only get an IDP through AAA (or use our service) if you have a US drivers license.
  • Can I get an IDP directly from AAA?
    Yes. Getting an IDP from AAA is the most inexpensive option for anyone who can physically access a AAA branch or mail a complete application (including passport photos) and wait several weeks for their IDP to be processed before they start traveling. There are two ways to get an IDP from AAA: In Person: Go to a AAA branch with your US driver’s license and submit the application form, 2 passport-size photos, and a $20 application fee. If you don't have suitable photos, AAA can take the photos for you at the time of application for an additional $10 fee. The IDP will be ready for you to take with you that day, usually within 30 minutes of when you submit your application. However, there are sometimes long lines, so make sure you plan accordingly and give yourself plenty of time. You can find the closest AAA location to you here. By Mail: Submit all required documents and fees to AAA by mail. There is no way to submit online. If you are still within the US, check your regional AAA website to determine where you should submit your documents. The regional website AAA in the Northeast US says to expect processing to take 4-5 weeks, though processing times vary by region. If you are already abroad, there is a separate address where you are to submit the documents, found on the national AAA website. The AAA website says that processing takes 5-7 weeks for travelers already abroad. By contrast, our service allows you to upload your information online, and then have a member of our team go to a AAA branch to get your IDP for you.
  • Where are the AAA locations in New York City?
    Our service is particularly popular among people living in New York because AAA branches are scarce and inconvenient to get to for many people. Here's a map of AAA locations in and near New York City: The addresses of these locations are: Manhattan Branch 1881 Broadway at W62nd St New York, NY 10023 Brooklyn Branch 2334 Ralph Ave Brooklyn, NY 11234 Hackensack Branch 450 Hackensack Ave Hackensack, NJ 07601
  • Where's the nearest AAA location near me?
    Use this map from the AAA website to determine where the nearest AAA branch is to you.
  • How did Fast IDP get started?
    Our founder, Jamie, had to make an unexpected 3-week trip to Japan. He wanted to drive while he was there, but couldn’t because he didn’t have an International Driving Permit. After wading through misinformation on the internet, he learned that the only way for an American to get a legitimate IDP if they were already overseas was to mail an application to AAA and wait 5-7 weeks for it to be returned. He didn’t have that much time, so he waited until he got back and then got an IDP in person before his next trip. The person in line beside him at AAA was getting an IDP for a friend, which sparked the idea for Fast IDP - to start a reliable service to help get IDPs fast for people who can’t get to a AAA themselves.
  • Who is Fast IDP for?
    Fast IDP is for people who don't want to go to a AAA branch in person to get an IDP, but who want one faster than the 5-7 week period it takes to get an IDP by mail through AAA. Unfortunately, we can only serve people who have a valid US driver’s license.
  • What will Fast IDP do with my data?
    Your data will be transferred to us through an encrypted server and then deleted after your application is processed. We will never use your data, including contact information, for marketing purposes or sell them to a third party.
  • How do I get a passport photo for my application?
    There are a couple ways to get a passport photo: Have your photo taken professionally: Go to a location near you that provides passport photo services, such as most post offices and major pharmacy chains. Make sure you request that they provide the photo to you in an electronic format. Take the passport photo yourself: If you do this, make sure that your photo meets the passport photo requirements, which can be found here.
  • How much does Fast IDP cost?
    You can check pricing by going to the "Apply" page and selecting your desired processing & shipping speed for your location, and then applying any promo we may have running. If you're curious about our costs, they're primarily on people and shipping, though we also spend on printing and a $20 processing fee to AAA for every IDP.
  • What forms of payment does Fast IDP accept?
    We accept all major credit cards. Our payment portal is operated by Square. Our company never has access to your credit card information.
  • What's your refund policy?
    Fast IDP will always issue a refund if we are not able to process an application within the timeline selected at checkout. Our refund policy excludes delays caused by the shipper (e.g., FedEx) or the submission of an incomplete or falsified application. No refunds will be issued in either of those circumstances. However, if an application is incomplete or needs corrections, we will do our best to work with the applicant at no charge to correct errors in the document. Contact us at contact@fastidp.com if you have questions, and we'll work with you to resolve the issue. Our goal is to make every customer a happy customer.
  • What if I fill out the application incorrectly?
    Our staff will review your application and contact you if they find any errors so they can be corrected. There is no fee for correcting errors in an application.
  • When does Fast IDP charge for its services?
    We will charge your credit card right after the application is submitted. Make sure that you pay in order to have your order processed.
  • How do I know Fast IDP is getting me a real IDP?
    We work directly with AAA, which is the only legal issuer of IDPs in the United States. Upon request, we can provide photos of the journey our team member takes with your application to the AAA branch where they submit your IDP application.
  • How is Fast IDP different from scammers offering illegitimate IDPs?
    We work directly with AAA, which is the only organization in the United States authorized to issue IDPs. We speed up the process for getting an IDP for those people who can’t go into a AAA branch themselves to pick up an IDP. Put differently, unlike other companies that issue their own illegal IDPs, we work directly with AAA to get you a legitimate IDP 4-6 weeks more quickly than if you were to mail it to AAA.

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