What is the difference between an International Driving Permit (IDP) and an International Driving License (IDL)?
An International Driving Permit is a small grey booklet marginally larger than a passport containing a translation of your original driving license in 10 languages, including English, French, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish. It is recognized by 141 countries worldwide and is valid for one year.
On the other hand, an International Driving License is not a legal document and cannot be used to drive in foreign countries or instead of an IDP.
How do International Driving Permits work in Peru?
In Peru, you must hold an International Driving Permit if you drive there, and international Driving Permits are valid in Peru for a year after their issue date. Suppose you fail to present an International Driving Permit to traffic enforcement personnel on request. In that case, you are likely to receive a fine, and, in some cases, you may have your driver’s license confiscated.
How do you apply for an International Driving Permit?
To apply for an International Driving Permit through our website, you will need your valid native driving license and a passport-sized recent photograph of yourself.
How long does an International Driving Permit take to be processed and delivered?
A digital IDP takes up to 2 hours to land in your inbox. Alternatively, if you want a faster processing time, you can choose an Express Order, in which you will receive your IDP in 20 minutes.
A printed IDP can be delivered to your doorstep, with the estimated delivery date varying between 2-30 days, depending on the selected delivery method.
Road Traffic Agreements
The international body has commissioned International Driving Permits – the United Nations, in an agreement that took place over three meetings as ordered below:
- Paris (1926)
- Geneva (1949)
- Vienna (1968)
Throughout these conventions, 141 countries signed a contract pledging that the authorities of their countries would recognize International Driving Permits as valid documentation for foreign drivers in their territories.
What benefits are there to carrying an International Driving Permit in Peru?
As well as permitting you to drive as a foreign visitor in Peru, an International Driving License also acts as valid identification of your person. As the document holds 10 translations of your driving license, it is helpful to have it so that when you encounter personnel looking to identify you, they can quickly read your driving license. In Peru, 86% of the population speaks Spanish. This document will contain a translation of your driving license in Spanish, meaning that most people you will meet in Peru will be able to read your driving license, saving you time and hassle.
Laws for driving in Peru
All foreign drivers in Peru must hold an International Driving Permit and their original driving license issued in their native country.
The minimum age for driving in Peru is 18 years old. However, if you want to rent a vehicle, you must be over 23. When renting a car, ensure that you have both your International Driving Permit and your native driving license; car rental companies will likely refuse you without seeing these documents.
Car rental in Peru
Although the minimum age for driving in Peru is 18, most car rental companies only accept applicants over the age of 25, some car rental companies may accept those over the age of 23, but this is rare. When going to a car rental consultation, ensure that you bring proof of identity, e.g., a driving license or passport; without a warranty of identity, you are likely to be declined the rental of a car. It is recommended that if you are looking to rent a car in Peru, you book your rental a month in advance. This is advised to avoid paying higher prices for your vehicle as demand increases. Booking a rental a month in advance also helps prevent being in a situation where no rental cars are available.
What rental should you choose, and what insurance do you need?
The landscape of Peru is highly mountainous so driving a 4×4 vehicle is recommended. These cars will cost you between $50 to $70 (£42 – £59) to rent for a day. This estimate includes basic insurance; however, always check with your car supplier what insurance their price includes, and, if you are not a confident driver or you are unaccustomed to the terrain, you may want to upgrade your insurance package; this typically costs an extra $30-$40 per day (£25 – £34).
How should you insure a vehicle that you own in Peru?
Third-party insurance is a legal requirement in Peru, so you must find an insurance provider for your motor vehicle. If you already pay for insurance on another car in your native country, it is recommended that you consult with your current car insurance providers concerning insuring your vehicle in Peru; often, your current provider will provide you with the right insurance at a reduced rate. If you do not have an existing car insurance plan, it is recommended that you source your car insurance online as, this way, you will be able to find the best deal. It is advised that when looking for car insurance online, you check the website has a secure lock in the search bar – this indicates that the site is trustworthy. You should also research the insurance company and ensure that the company has positive reviews from genuine customers.
Important information on driving in Peru
It’s wise to brush up on the road rules when driving in a foreign country. A few things to keep in mind are:
- All drivers must carry a valid proof of insurance and a valid driving license.
- Foreign drivers must carry an in-date International Driving Permit while driving a motor vehicle.
- You must be over 18 to drive.
- Using your mobile phone while driving is strictly prohibited
- Drivers and passengers must always wear a seatbelt while inside a moving vehicle.
- Children under three must be buckled into a child safety car seat inside a moving vehicle.
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited
- Many of the roads in Peru are not well maintained, and the country’s mountainous landscape makes this all the more dangerous. Drivers are advised to drive slowly and with caution. Driving in the dark is not recommended, but if necessary, drivers should ensure that the road ahead is well lit and drive at a significantly reduced speed.
- For emergency services, you can call 911
- The speed limit is 90km/h on open roads and 50km/h in cities.
Top 3 Places to Visit in Peru
Machu Picchu is the perfect destination for travelers looking to experience a rich historical landscape. The ancient city of Machu Picchu is situated on top of a beautiful mountain, 300 meters above the Urubamba River. Visitors can stand in the center of the old city and take in the incredible history of the Incan people by looking at the ruins of the architecture made by their people.
This ancient city sits above a lush jungle perimeter that caresses the Urubamba River. If you stand on the edge of the city of Machu Picchu and look down, you can take in an outstanding view of the natural surrounding the historical ruins.
Journeying up to Machu Picchu adds to the experience of your visit. You can catch trains to the town below Machu Picchu from Cusco, Ollantaytambo, or Urubamba for beautiful views of the Incan trail that winds up the mountain. Once you arrive in the town, you can take a bus to the ancient city. Although it is not a long journey, the roads are extremely rough and dangerous so walking it is heavily advised against.
Lake Titicaca is a beautiful destination for travelers enjoying a crisp breeze by the water.
Traditional villages and rolling hills surround the lake’s stunning blue water. The mix of natural beauty and culture found in this spot sets it apart from other locations across Peru.
While visiting Lake Titicaca, take a boat trip to the incredible Uros Floating Islands (Islas Flotantes) made by native tribes, following the same traditional designs used by the Incas.
The city of Puno lies on the perimeter of the lake, offering a variety of restaurants and bars for travelers looking to enjoy city life after visiting the more remote areas. Lake Titicaca has something for everyone, from open water to traditional culture and city life.
Puerto Maldonado is a prime spot to begin a tour of the incredible Amazon rainforest. Here you can ride through the river, spotting amazing animals unique to the Amazon jungle. Rare species of Caimans, capybara, monkeys, and turtles roam this area of outstanding natural beauty.
For a more extended stay, you can rent a jungle lodge and explore the rainforest guided by a professional navigator.
Is it legal to drive with a foreign license in Peru?
When driving in Peru as a foreign driver, you must carry your valid native driving license and an International Driving Permit, which you can apply for through our website.
How long is an International Driving Permit valid in Peru?
In Peru, International Driving Permits are valid for a year.
How much does an International Driving Permit cost?
An International Driving Permit costs $49 (£41) and can be bought through our website.
Do you need an International Driving Permit to rent a car in Peru?
When renting a car in Peru, you must bring a valid International Driving Permit. Without this document, you are likely to be declined.
Which side of the road do you drive on in Peru?
You must drive on the right side of the road in Peru.