Is It Compulsory?
Do we, Malaysians, really need the International Driving Permit (IDP) if we were to drive in Europe, Australia, Taiwan, etc? The answer is, unfortunately, yes. While I have friends who had driven without the IDP, I was told that there are certain rental companies that won’t entertain you if you don’t have an International Driving Permit. When I was driving in Australia, I was fortunate enough to hire a car from a company that didn’t ask for my IDP. But, should there be an event where you get stopped by a police officer and your driving license isn’t recognised in that country, or if it is not in English, it is going to cost you… Let’s just not take the risk and squander our money on the unnecessaries, shall we?
Since I am about to go to France soon, there are certain places where I have no option but to rent a car and therefore, I am told by a rental company that it is a necessity for Malaysians to obtain the IDP in order to drive in France. If you are a Malaysian, here is how you could apply your IDP.
Things You Need To Bring For Your International Driving Permit Application
Before you head off to the nearest JPJ office, here are some documents that you need to bring beforehand:
- A copy of your driving license (Make sure that your driving license isn’t expiring anytime soon, otherwise, you might need to have this renewed before you could apply for the IDP)
- A copy of your Identity Card
- A passport-sized photo of yourself (White background only!)
Head off to the nearest JPJ office and fill up the Form JPJ L1 given upon arrival; take a number and wait for your turn.
**Even though the JPJ website states that you need to give up your driving license for the IDP, you don’t. This was baffling to me at first so i hope this helps*
The Cost of Your International Driving Permit.
Once your number is up, you need to pay RM 150 for the IDP (per annum). Yeah it is expensive I know but think about it, the fines would cost you even more. If you need to renew your IDP in the future, it is going to cost you another RM150.
Initially, I thought it was going to be a dreadful long process considering how slow things can get but to our surprise, it only took us less than half an hour to complete everything.
Please take note of the lunch hour because you wouldn’t want to wait for an extra hour. We had gone to the Putrajaya branch in Presint 4 and its lunch hour is from 1pm – 2pm.
After making the payment, you might need to wait for another few minutes before your name is called et voila you and your IDP are good to go!
It is a pretty simple process and a quick one too. Hope this helps! And if you are reading this, you are probably off to somewhere too so have fun and drive safely!