International Driving Permits
The State of California does not recognize
an International Driving Permit (IDP) as a valid driver license.
California does recognize a valid driver license that is issued
by a foreign jurisdiction (country, state, territory) of which
the license holder is a resident.
The IDP is only a translation of information
contained on a person's foreign driver license and is not required
to operate a motor vehicle in California. Citations issued to
a person in California who has an IDP, but does not have a California
driver license will be placed on the Department of Motor Vehicle
The IDP is also called an International
Driver License, International License, etc.
For more information about travel and
driver licensing requirements outside of the US, visit the US
State Department Road Safety Overseas website at: http://travel.state.gov/