International Driving Permits (IDP’s) are recommended when you intend driving overseas.In Australia, the Government appointed the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) as the only authority to issue permits. In Victoria, the RACV, as a constituent member of the AAA, is authorized to issue IDP’s through its RACV shops (external website). An IDP is a widely recognized document and is useful for photo identification purposes. You may also need one to rent a car overseas.
An international driving permit represents a translation of an overseas driver licence. It has no validity on its own and must accompany a current overseas driver licence issued from your home licensing authority overseas.