What Is An International Driver’s Permit?
An International Driver’s Permit is a translated document of your current driver’s license, allowing you to drive legally in a foreign country.
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 does an IDP work in Slovenia?
When visiting Slovenia, you may be required to have an IDP if you wish to drive. Whether you need one in Slovenia or not largely depends on where your original driving license has been issued from.
An IDP for Slovenia will be valid for one year; if you intend to drive after that, you will need a valid Slovenian driving license.
How to Get your International Driving Permit for Slovenia
You can apply online through our website to get an International Driving Permit for driving in Slovenia. Make sure you have all the necessary documents ready. To apply for an IDP, you will need the following:
- Your current driver’s license
- A passport-sized photo
- and a credit or debit card for payment
Drivers applying for an IDP must be over the age of 18.
How much does an IDP cost?
You can check out our pricing page for prices.
How long will it take to get an IDP?
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.
United Nations agreement on road traffic
The United Nations agreement on road traffic is an agreement signed by member countries to ensure all IDPs must be issued by companies that the UN has authorized to ensure they comply with UN traffic conventions.
There have been three international motor conventions. The first happened in Paris in 1926, followed by one in Geneva in 1949, and the last one was in Vienna in 1968.
Benefits Of Carrying An IDP In Slovenia
Functionality as an ID
If you have security concerns and want to keep your passport under lock and key, your IDP can serve as an identification document. Most countries will allow you to use your IDP instead of your national ID card during traffic stops. This is useful if your ID card is in a language not recognized by the country you have traveled to.
Quicker traffic authority stops
Due to language or formatting differences, some processing issues may arise when deciphering the information on your driving license. An IDP allows traffic authorities to identify your details quickly. This is especially useful during emergencies.
Car rental companies
Most car rental companies, irrespective of the country they operate in, require you to have an International Driving Permit and a valid driving license to rent a car. This is because the United Nations recognizes IDPs as valid legal documents. Having an IDP will ensure that your valuable vacation time isn’t wasted on trying to convince a conservative car rental agency of the validity of your foreign driver’s license.
Driving Requirements For Non-citizens
Short-term visitors vs. long-term
Short-term visitors can use an IDP or International Driver’s Licence in Slovenia for less than one year. This rule does not apply to visitors who are driving with a European or a driving license issued in the UK and are permitted to drive in Slovenia on this license for as long as they like.
Suppose you stay in Slovenia for more than one year or intend to become a Slovenian citizen. In that case, you will need to acquire a Slovenian driving license after your IDP is no longer valid.
When Do I Need To Get An Slovenian Driver’s License?
Currently, an IDP is valid in Slovenia for one year. Any international driver intending to drive in Slovenia after a year must get a Slovenian license.
To get a Slovenian driving license, you must complete the following steps;
- You will need to obtain a medical certificate from a doctor of your choice, stating you are fit and healthy enough to drive. If you wear glasses, you will also need to provide a cert from your optician.
- You will need to complete 7.5 hours of first aid course and exam, which needs to be done when you sign up for your theory test. You are required to bring proof of payment and identification.
- You will need to complete a driving theory course and are required by law to attend a minimum of 15 hours. Once complete, you will have to sit for a theory test exam.
- Once you have finished the above steps, you can register for your practical driving program. You must have your medical certificate, driving record booklet, and ID during this training.
- When finished with your practical training, you will be required to sit a driving test. Upon passing, you will receive a valid Slovenian driving license.
- You are expected to carry all of the above documents when driving in Slovenia.
Renewing Your IDP Or Current Driving License In Slovenia
If you are driving on an IDP in Slovenia, you cannot renew it past the point of expiry (1 year). You will need a driver’s license to continue driving in Slovenia.
For EU and UK residents staying in Slovenia, you can renew your driver’s license online from your home country and send it to your address in Slovenia.
Vehicle Rental In Slovenia
Renting a car in Slovenia is a beautiful and stress-free way of visiting this country. Urban areas can be accessed by public transport; most tourists report having an effortless and positive experience renting a vehicle in Slovenia instead.
Renting vehicles in Slovenia
Renting a car or other vehicle in Slovenia is quick and reliable. There are many rental companies to choose from, some of the biggest European vehicle rental companies available in Slovenia, such as Europcar, Hetz, and Auto Europe, alongside smaller local Slovenian rental companies.
The easiest way to rent a vehicle is by shopping around online before heading to Slovenia and getting the best price for the right vehicle. There are also vehicle rental service booths available in the airports and inside the cities and towns in Slovenia if you would instead rent a car when you arrive. It can be slightly more expensive if you choose to do it this way.
The minimum age for driving in Slovenia is 18, but most rental companies will not rent a car to a person under the age of 20. Many companies will charge an extra fee for younger road users between the ages of 20 – 25.
Vehicle rental costs
As with all other countries, vehicle rental varies widely depending on several factors. The type of vehicle, the required insurance policy, the number of people, and any add-ons such as GPS, car seats, or wifi will broadly impact the cost of renting a car. Younger road users tend to experience higher rental charges than older experienced road users due to the increased insurance risk. Renting a car through an online website tends to be cheaper than waiting until you are there.
Car insurance policy
It is legally required that all vehicles have insurance in Slovenia. You must check with your rental agency if insurance is supplied with the chosen vehicle; if not, it is your responsibility to acquire it before driving. There are three main types of insurance available for cars in Slovenia;
- Third-Party liability insurance: This type of insurance is the minimum legally required insurance on a vehicle in Slovenia. It will be anything, not the vehicle itself, such as the other person’s car. This insurance is usually included in rental vehicles but always check with your vehicle provider.
- Collision damage insurance: This added insurance will cover the majority of costs incurred to your vehicle in the case of a car accident with another car. Usually, it will not cover parts such as the windscreen, wheels, roof, and undercarriage, so it is essential to check with your provider what is covered or not.
- Theft protection insurance: Unfortunately, when you are overseas, there is always a chance of your rental car getting stolen. Acquiring this type of insurance will cover the majority of the cost of the stolen car.
If you are caught driving any vehicle, personal or rented, without valid insurance in Slovenia, be prepared to face on-the-spot fines of up to 800.00 euros.
Most companies will require your driver’s license and a passport when renting a vehicle in Slovenia, and rental companies will request one of you to display an IDP.
Hire car driving tips
- Make sure that the vehicle or car you are renting is fit for the purpose you intend to use it. Make sure you can fit any baggage or other belongings you will be carrying around with you.
- You must inspect that the vehicle is in good condition inside and outside and do any necessary checks, such as checking tire pressure, oil, and seatbelts. Make sure to take note of any damage on the inside or outside of the vehicle and let the agency know so that you are not penalized for damages you didn’t incur.
Driving And Safety In Slovenia
Slovenia is considered a very safe and easy place to drive, with high road quality and police enforcing strict driving laws. You should review Slovenia’s road rules and driving directions to avoid facing expensive fines.
It is also wise for road users to make themselves aware of any road signs that may be used in Slovenia to avoid and hazard situations.
Driving On the Right-hand side and overtaking
It is required to drive on the right-hand side in Slovenia, and overtaking is on the left-hand side.
Law on overtaking
Overtaking is allowed in Slovenia, but some rules need to be followed. You can overtake on the left side and overtake stationary cars, but you need to make sure to use your hazard lights. Overtaking is not permitted on a bus carrying schoolchildren when passengers are getting on or off the bus, it is not allowed on or in front of a pedestrian crossing, and it is not permitted to overtake 80m before a railway crossing and immediately afterward.
Law on Drink Driving
It is recommended not to drink and drive, and the legal drinking amount of 50mg/100l of blood. Authorities are authorized to conduct random roadside testing and can do breathalizers if they are suspected of a road user being under the influence of alcohol. Driving over the allowed limit in Slovenia could see you being detained for 6 to 12 hours and may result in you being suspended from driving.
Law on Speed Limit
Slovenia has a strict speed limit policy, and road users can face fines from 20.00 euros up to 600.00 euros and possible license suspension for violating speed limits. The speed limits in Slovenia are as follows; 50km/h in built-up areas, 90km/h outside built-up areas, 110km/h on dual carriages, and 130km/h on motorways.
Top 3 Destinations To Visit In Slovenia
Slovenia is a trendy tourist destination for EU residents and international tourists. Slovenia is a breathtakingly beautiful country, primarily landlocked in the southeast of Europe. Slovenia has a continental climate, consisting of mild, warm summers and cold, wet winters. The most widely spoken language is Slovene, but English is ubiquitous.
Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana is a smaller city than most European capitals, but this adds to its unique charm. One tourist attraction in the city of Tromostovje, otherwise known as the triple bridge. These three picturesque bridges across the river are right next to each other.
The old town in Ljubljana is home to the ancient Roman city walls, castles and medieval squares, and the Tivoli park. Another attraction in this city is the array of Ljubljana hotels, from the historic family-friendly boutique Palace hotel, housed in a former aristocratic residence, to the European favorite city hotel.
This small town is located on the southwestern tip of Slovenia and on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. This small town was part of the Venetian Empire for over five centuries, reminiscent of Italy. A major attraction for history buffs is famous landmarks such as the main square Tartinijev, the oldest building in the city, and the Venetian House.
A scenic emerald green lake that the Julian Alps surrounds, this lake isn’t huge and can be walked around the perimeter in an afternoon. In the middle of the lake is a small island home to a 17th-century church, making this lake a massive attraction for tourists and some stunning holiday photographs.
Is driving in winter safe in Slovenia?
Driving in winter in Slovenia can pose some hazards for inexperienced drivers or if you are not prepared for it. Low winter temperatures can cause snow and ice on roads, so it is best to use your winter tired and always keep a spare.
Is it safe to drive in Slovenia?
Slovenia is considered a very safe country to drive, with the number of road accidents occurring relatively low compared to other countries. Slovenia has reported a drop of 72% in road deaths per 100’000 people between 2018 and 2020. The roads are generally well maintained both in cities and outside.