NOTE: Members of the public have access to this service as the AMA is the exclusive outlet for these permits in Alberta. These services are NOT restricted to AMA members. Some countries require travellers to carry special driving permits in addition to their usual driver's licence. These International Driving Permits are available in Alberta exclusively through AMA, and throughout Canada at any CAA office.
(Read more about the important changes requiring an IDP for anyone driving in Florida.)
If applying by mail, then payment must be either by money order or certified cheque drawn on a Canadian bank payable to the Alberta Motor Association (Note: AMA cannot accept personal cheques from non-members). If you require the IDP to be sent by regular mail, please enclose an additional $10.00 CAD (including GST) for Canadian addresses or $16.00 CAD (including GST) for all other Canadian and U.S. addresses. AMA can only send IDPs by registered mail. If you require the IDP to be sent overseas, please contact us as the cost of delivery will vary depending on the destination.
Credit card numbers along with expiry date, signature of person named on card and letter authorizing us to charge the credit card for the cost of the IDP and shipping may be enclosed at your own risk.
The IDP must be issued at a CAA office in Canada and cannot be obtained or renewed elsewhere. Once issued, the IDP is valid for one year from the date of issue, providing your Canadian licence is valid for the duration of your trip. Your valid Canadian provincial driver's licence must accompany the IDP at all times. An IDP cannot be post-dated, extended or renewed and a new application form must be completed each time a new IDP is required. Traceable methods for delivery are recommended. An additional fee will be applied for registered mail and courier service.
Effective April2, 2013, Canadians are no longer required to hold an IDP for driving in Florida. They can now go back to doing what they have always been able to do – drive with peace of mind in the Sunshine State using their provincial driver’s license. The repeal comes after interventions from CAA, other stakeholders and thousands of Canadian drivers caught unaware by the IDP law, which came into effect with no notice. CAA applauds the government of Florida for repealing the law, a process that ended today when Gov. Rick Scott signed the repeal bill.
Effective January 1, 2013, travellers that wish to drive in Florida without obtaining a Florida driver license will be required to have an International Driving Permit to accompany their out of country license. This applies to any vehicle, including rental vehicles. The International Driving Permit must be in the customer’s name and from their country of residence.
Why did the law change?
The purpose of the permit is for the English translation. Obviously, a license issued in Canada and other English speaking countries is already written in English so the permit is admittedly a little redundant but that is technically the law at this point.
What will happen to a driver who drives without an IDP?
Without an IDP, a driver is therefore driving without a valid license and if stopped, law enforcement has the option of 1/ arresting the driver and taking him/her to jail 2/ giving the driver a citation with a mandatory court appearance.
On February 15, 2013, the Government of Canada issued an update that states Canadians do not require an International Driving Permit to drive in the United States. For more information see: http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/documents/driving-florida.
On February 14, 2013, the Florida DHSMV stated that the Florida Highway Patrol is deferring enforcement on the new law requiring an International Driving Permit. However, Canadians travelling in the next few days and weeks should still be prepared to travel with an IDP, as some rental or insurance agencies may still require it.
Additional notes to consider:
There are a number of questions still outstanding related to other agencies and companies enforcing the requirement for an IDP. CAA is working on gaining clarity on the issues. In the meantime, our advice remains the same for Canadians travelling to Florida with the intention of driving - it is better to be prepared and safe and travel with an IDP.