The government has introduced a uniform format for International Driving Permits (IDPs) issued in the country, a statement from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) said on Monday. The document will now be issued in the form of a booklet and will also include a QR code for all driver information that authorities in the country visited can view, the ministry said.
The new standardized format of the IDP will be issued by the respective state authorities and it will be valid for a period of one year from the date of issue.
MoRTH data, viewed by HT, shows that approximately 75,000 to 100,000 IDPs are issued each year by states and union territories in the country. In most states, including Delhi, one can now apply for an IDP online.
“Currently, the format, size, pattern, color, etc. of the IDP issued differed from state to state in India. Due to this, many citizens were facing difficulties with their respective IDPs in countries Now, through this amendment of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989, the format, size, color, etc. of the IDP have been standardized for issuance across India, and in accordance with the Geneva Convention” , said the MoRTH statement released on Monday.
IDP is valid in 102 countries including USA, UK, Canada, UAE, Australia, Ireland, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Thailand and New Zealand, among others. The uniform format should solve all the problems people face in foreign countries regarding verification by local authorities, ministry officials said.
As a signatory to the Convention on International Road Traffic 1949 (Geneva Convention), India is bound to issue IDPs as provided for in this convention for acceptance of the same on a reciprocal basis with other countries.
Some countries where the IDP will not be valid include China, Pakistan, Germany, and Nepal. These countries are not signatories to the convention.
“The ministry issued a notification on August 26 to implement the changes to make it easier for citizens to issue the International Driving Permit (IDP) across the country,” he added.
In addition, IDPs will also have a QR code that will link the permit to the holder’s driver’s license.
Last year, the government removed the requirement to submit a valid visa and medical certificate for an IDP and also allowed people to renew these permits online through Indian embassies if they expire while still at home. edge.
The visa requirement has been removed as several countries offer visa on arrival and in such cases visa is not available with a person applying for IDP in India before travel, the official said. of the ministry mentioned above.
The need for a medical certificate has also been removed as it has been realized that an Indian citizen with a valid driver’s license should not be asked for another set of medical certificates for a displaced person, the official added. .
According to the notice issued on August 26, a Comparison of Vehicle Classes in Various Central Motor Vehicle Conventions and Rules, 1989 has also been added to facilitate regulators.