Each country has its own requirements for foreign visitors who want to drive. Some, like Canada, recognize U.S. driver's licenses. Others require an IDP, and a few require separate documents. That's why AAA recommends bringing an IDP along with your U.S. driver's license to help avoid many potential hassles, especially if you're traveling in a country where English is not the primary language. Even if an IDP isn't required, you may encounter traffic police or other officials who can't read your U.S. license but can read one of the IDP's 10 other languages.
Not sure what the rules are where you'll be traveling? Ask the experts at your local AAA branch in person or over the phone.
Nope! U.S. driver's licenses are considered valid by Canada and Mexico for visitors on short-term tourist trips. (You'll still need your passport to enter either country, whether or not you're driving.)
U.S. auto insurance is also valid in Canada as long as you're only visiting, but if you are driving your own vehicle into Mexico, you will need to buy Mexico liability auto insurance. The U.S. liability insurance you already have is invalid in Mexico. Learn more about Mexico auto insurance.
AAA is one of only two organizations authorized by the U.S. Department of State to issue International Driving Permits in the United States. AAA issues IDPs to the public; you don't need to be a member to get an IDP from AAA.
You can apply for an IDP from any full-service AAA branch in person or by mail. You'll need:
To apply by mail, send your completed application, fee, and a photocopy of both sides of your driver's license to any full-service AAA branch. Allow 10 days for delivery.
Get a set of two passport photos at any AAA branch.1 You can conveniently get your IDP in person during the same visit. Passport photo prices at AAA are: