The International driving permit (IDP) is an official, multi-language translation of your driving license. The IDP is not a replacement for a driving licence; You are required to carry both your national drivering licence and IDP while driving in the destination.
In Finland the Finnish Ministry of the Interior has given the right for issuing the international driving permits to the automobile club and its service outlets already in the 1920’ies.
From the beginning of 2016 the police do not check the IDPs anymore, but the transport agency TraFi is responsible for checking the person’s right to drive. The price of the IDP could also be reduced, as the process turned simpler.
In Finland the IDP models of 1949 Geneva Convention and 1968 Vienna Convention are in use. The IDP 1949 is valid one year from date of issue and the model 1968 is valid for 3 years from the date of issue at the most.
The last amendments of Vienna Road Convention and of the EU driving licence directive as well as of the Finnish Driving Licence Act mean that the place of residence is of crucial importance when issuing driving licences. The principle is that the driving licences, also the IDPs, should be applied for in the country, in which the person has his permanent residence. Hence in Finland you can be granted an international driving permit if
- you are aged 18 or over
- you have a valid driving licence issued in Finland or another EU or EEC State
- you are permanently resident in Finland or
- you have a Finnish driving licence and are permanently resident in a country outside the EU or EEC.
Whether all EU countries have amended their driving licence legislation accordingly, is not known to Autoliitto; but already since one year Finnish driving licence holders living permanently in Sweden face problems, as in Sweden it is only possible to get an IDP against a Swedish driving licence.
Where the IDP is needed?
Automobile and Touring Club has listed countries in a table in alphabetic order. The table informs if the IDP is compulsory or if it is recommended to take IDP in addition to the Finnish driving licence.
The applicant is responsible for checking which model the destination country accepts.
The table with specific country informations can be found here.
There are no tests concerning the IDPs. The IDP can be issued against a valid Finnish driving licence. The applicant must show his valid Finnish licence or send a photocopy of it and add one passport photo to the application. By post, also the return address must be given, because we send the IDPs by cash on delivery principle.
Payment can also be made in advance in our Autoliitto's AL-Shop and we send the IDP by post to return address.
The time to process the application is 1 week from the day that the application has arrived to Automobile and Touring Club. (Because we must check from TraFi that the applicant's driving permit is valid before giving the ready IDP to the customer.)
- The IDP model 1949 costs 29 €. This price includes a fee of 3 € collected by TraFi.
- The IDP model 1968 costs 39 €. This price includes a fee of 3 € collected by TraFi.
- Express fee, when the IDP must be issued in a shorter time than one week: 14 €
Offices where the IDPs are issued
In Helsinki, the head office of Autoliitto (Automobile and Touring Club of Finland) and in about 6 smaller service outlets throughout the country.
Automobile and Touring Club of Finland
Hämeentie 105 A, 4th floor
For more information, call (09) 7258 4400 or (09) 7258 4458.
Other service outlets and their contact information can be found here. (In the table the outlets that have the IDP service are shown in the column of "KV-ajokortti".)