Is it compulsory to have the IDP ?
The answer is, unfortunately, yes in most countries. Below is the list of countries that requires IDP for Malaysians :
Since France is in the list, i had to apply for the IDP and here is how :
Things You Need To Bring For Your International Driving Permit Application (IDP)
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 (only white background is accepted)
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 and it is only valid for a year. If you need to renew your IDP, you will have to apply for a completely new one.
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!