March 02, 2017

How to Apply for International Driving Permit in the Philippines

Whenever my husband has business trips, he always rides a taxi from the hotel to the office and vice versa except for Japan, where he rides trains because it is much cheaper. But when he went to Texas, USA, he was advised to get an International Driving Permit because he needed to drive from hotel to office. 

I know some people were able to drive in other countries without getting PDIP but just to make sure, he applied for Philippine International Driving Permit before his USA trip. International Driving Permit will give you the privilege to drive private or rental cars in more than one hundred countries around the world. 

Applying for PDIP is easy, you can just visit the Automobile Association Philippines office near you. You can choose the on-site membership application or the online membership application. My husband chose the online membership application so when he went to the AAP office, he just paid the PHP3500 fee. He applied at the main office, it only took him more or less 20 minutes and he got his International Driving Permit already. Other branches may take 2 to 3 days or 4 to 5 days. 

The PDIP is valid for one year only and if your driver's license will expire in less than a year, the PDIP will follow your driving license expiration. The PDIP already includes insurance worth P300,000.  

On-site Membership Application 

1. Visit any AAP office and fill out an application form. You can download the form before going to the office. Do not leave any blanks if the field is not applicable put NA. 
2. Submit the form together with a 2x2 or passport-size colored ID picture with white background and (optional) photocopy of the O.R and C.R of your vehicle registration. 
3. Pay the corresponding membership fee.  

Online Membership Application  

1. Accomplish the online application form. Do not leave any blanks, if the field is not applicable put NA. 
2:. Scan and attach a 2x 2 or passport size colored ID picture with white Background and (optional) scanned copies of the O.R and C.R of your vehicle registration. 
3. Pay the corresponding membership fee.

Note: The applicant must present the original supporting documents (requirements) personally or through a representative with ID at the nearest AAP office to proceed with the processing of PIDP. 


1 year P3500 
3 years P8000 

Automobile Association Philippines 
AAP Tower, 683 Aurora Boulevard, 
Quezon City 1112 
Tel.: 705-3333


  1. Oooh I didn't know there's such a thing as an International Drivers Permit. 10 years ago, when I went to the US with my ex-hubby he didn't have to apply for such a permit. But he was able to rent a car for us there and drove it himself. I think he only had to show him his Philippine driver's license and passport.

    1. My husband applied for this just to be sure but when he went to US, he asked the staff if it is required and he was informed that they do not require IDP as long as they can read the Driver's License Information, yung iba daw kasi hindi naman English alphabet ang gamit. :)

  2. Kukunin po vah ang drivers license Kung mg aapply nito?