Yes, South Africa does issue International Driving Permits (IDPs) to its residents. An International Driving Permit is a document that serves as a translation of your South African driver’s license and is recognized in many countries around the world. It allows you to legally drive in foreign countries that accept IDPs.
To obtain an International Driving Permit in South Africa, you need to visit a local Automobile Association of South Africa (AASA) office. The AASA is authorized to issue IDPs in South Africa. You will need to provide the following documents:
- Valid South African driver’s license
- Two recent passport-sized photographs
- Proof of identity (e.g., valid passport or ID card)
- Proof of address (e.g., utility bill or bank statement)
It’s important to note that the International Driving Permit is valid for a specific period, usually one year from the date of issue or until the expiration of your South African driver’s license, whichever comes first.
Please keep in mind that an IDP is not a standalone document and must be carried alongside your original South African driver’s license when driving abroad. It’s always recommended to check the specific requirements of the country you plan to visit, as some may require additional documentation or have specific regulations regarding driving permits.