Your local driver’s licence is only acceptable for driving in Pakistan; it will not be accepted if you wish to drive a car while abroad. However, you can easily apply for an international driving permit in your city. This blog focuses on the process of acquiring an international driving licence in Islamabad.
The Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA), the city’s main civil administration body and law enforcement organisation, is responsible for issuing foreign driving permits.
Graana.com has compiled a step-by-step guide that will help you understand the ICTA procedure and the paperwork you must submit to get an international driver’s licence.
International Driving Licence in Islamabad
To ensure adequate civil administration, law and order, and other essential services in the federal capital, 25 distinct departments have been created under ICTA.
The Deputy Commissioner’s Office, which also issues international driving licences in Islamabad, is one of the departments that carry out a range of administrative and executive responsibilities.
Moreover, if you live in Pakistan and are planning to travel abroad and drive a car there, you will require an international driving permit (IDP). The paper serves as an identification document so that you may legally drive there, although it depends on whether the country in question accepts IDPs or not.
A person who has an IDP and a valid driver’s licence is permitted to operate a motor vehicle in the nations that have been accepted by the Vienna Convention of 1968. The United States and the United Kingdom are also included on a long list of nations that accept IDP.
Countries That Accept IDP
Below is the list of countries where an IDP is accepted:
|Botswana||Brunei||Bulgaria||Burkina Faso||Cameroon||South Africa|
|Canada||Cape Verde||Central African Republic||Chad||Chile||Spain (including Balearic and Canary Isles)|
|Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo)||Dominican Republic||Gambia||Guinea Republic||India||Swaziland|
|Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)||El Salvador||Ghana||Haiti||Iran||Syria|
|Czech Republic||Equatorial Guinea||Guadeloupe||Honduras||Italy||Togo|
|Korea (South)||Eritrea||Guam||Hong Kong||Japan||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Lesotho||Malaysia||Namibia||Panama||Kiribati||Sao Tome and Principe|
|Siberia||Maldives||Nepal||Papua New Guinea||Philippines||Saudi Arabia|
|Macao (Macau)||Mauritius||Nicaragua||Russian Federation||Qatar||UK|
|Serbia||St. Vincent||Thailand||Sabah (Malaysia)||Sri Lanka||Zimbabwe|
|St. Lucia||Taiwan||Tanzania||Ukraine||United Arab Emirates||Zambia|
Required Documents for International Driving Licence in Islamabad
Make sure you have the necessary paperwork with you before applying for an IDP; otherwise, your application may be rejected. It is also required that the applicant must appear in person.
- Copy of Pakistani driving licence (issued by Islamabad Traffic Police)
- Copy of valid passport along with valid visa
- Copy of CNIC of applicant
- Proof of residence in Islamabad
Step-by-Step Process to Apply for International Driving Licence in Islamabad
To submit your application, follow the procedure listed below.
- Complete your documents as mentioned in the section above.
- Get a token and wait for your turn.
- Submit all documents to the concerned person.
- Obtain an e-receipt after paying the fee.
- The application is then forwarded ahead for processing. You can collect your IDP on the date mentioned on the e-receipt.
Application Fee for International Driving Licence in Islamabad
The department accepts both regular and urgent applications. The application cost is PKR 500 if you pick the “regular” option, and PKR 1,050 if you select the “urgent” box.
The IDP application centre is open from Monday to Friday. The department’s hours are as follows:
- Monday to Thursday: 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
- Friday: 09:00 to 12:00 PM
If you live in Pakistan and haven’t applied for a driving licence, you can find relevant information on the Graana blog on how to get a driving licence in other cities of Pakistan.