Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: What Is An International Driver's License? By NNA Staff on August 03, 2009 in Hotline Tips An "International Driver's License" (IDL) or "International Driver's Permit" (IDP) is a document that permits a traveler to operate a motor vehicle when visiting a foreign country. For example, if a U.S. citizen wanted to drive a car while visiting France, the prospective tourist could apply for an IDL. Many con-artists in the United States sell fake IDLs and falsely claim they can replace a license or ID issued by a U.S. state. An IDL is not valid in the driver's home country, and is not a satisfactory form of ID for notarization. Notaries should never accept any document purported to be an "IDL" as proof of a signer's identity. Email Share 2 Comments Add your commentCherie23 Sep 2014It appears that you lumped IDP with IDL with out explaining if the IDP was valid. What makes the IDP invalid? I actually saw one and it is backed by a treaty. What do you have to show it is not valid?National Notary Association23 Sep 2014Hello Cherie, thank you for your question. As mentioned in the article, the International Driver's License is a document that authorizes a traveler to operate a motor vehicle abroad. While it certainly may be valid for that purpose, it is only intended for use when traveling in another country and does not replace an officially issued driver's license in the United States, though some dishonest companies in the U.S. fraudulently advertise the IDL as a form of ID. If you have other questions on this topic or would like to discuss this issue further with our Communications team, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks and have a great day. Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.