International Driving Permit

An International Driving Permit is only issued in the customer’s country of origin and only by a membership-type automobile association authorized to issue such permits by an International Road Traffic Convention to which the United States of America is a party.

 

An International Driving Permit does not confer any driving privileges in Massachusetts.

 

An International Driving Permit is not a substitute for a valid license. A visitor who is licensed in another country must carry his/her valid foreign license when driving in Massachusetts. The visitor should also carry an Immigration and Naturalization Service document which shows the date that he/she last entered the United States of America. The valid I-94 containing the date of admission to the United States of America should be sufficient. (The I-94 can be either a paper version from US Customs and Border Protection or a printout of an electronic version downloaded from their website: http://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/i-94-instructions.)

 

A visitor who is licensed in another country is not required to carry an International Driving Permit when driving in Massachusetts (or anywhere in the United States of America). However, it is suggested that he/she carry an International Driving Permit if the foreign license is not printed in English.

 

The Registry of Motor Vehicles does not recognize as valid any document purporting to be an International Driver's License or any other document that confers driving privileges, unless issued by the government agency that issues such licenses in the visitor's country of residence and the visitor is validly licensed in that country.

 

Even if a country issues an international version of its own domestic license, the license will only be honored in Massachusetts if the country is listed in Appendix A of the Driver's Manual.