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First Timer's Guide to PH International Driving Permit

Although I highly promote backpacking and using public transportation when visiting other countries, I also encourage car or motorcycle rentals in some occasions. 

Renting a vehicle abroad has its pros and cons alright (I will discuss these on a separate article) but this article would focus mainly on how we Filipinos could get the Philippine International Driving Permit (PIDP) so that we could make use of our driving skills abroad. 

Here are the things that you should know about the Philippine International Driving Permit:

> What are the requirements needed for application?

  • Philippine Driver's License (original and photocopy)
  • Two pieces 2"x2" color ID picture white background
  • In case of non-appearance, a letter of authorization and any valid ID of representative
  • P3,500 processing fee

> What countries honors the permit?
The Philippine International Driving Permit is honored in almost all countries that are signatories to the 1949 and 1968 United Nations Convention on Road Traffic. 

There are too many to type so you may check this one out.

> Where can one apply for the permit?

Only the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP) is authorized to issue the Philippine International Driving Permit in the country. Here's the list of their offices:

- Main Office (Quezon City) 
AAP Tower 683 Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City
Tel: (632) 7053333

- Makati Office
Unit 102 G/F Metrostar Building corner Kakarong Street, Makati City
Tel: (632) 8179758

- Alabang Office
Mall entrance, G/F Alabang Town Center, Brgy Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Tel: (632) 8509831

-Lipa Office
2nd floor Amethyst Building, JP Laurel Highway, Tambo, Lipa, Batangas
Tel: (6343) 7847972 or 7847998

- Pampanga Office
Level 2, 21110 Robinsons Starmills City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Tel: (6345) 4361816

- Cebu Office
105 CRM Building, Escario corner Molave Street, Cebu City, Cebu
Tel: (6332) 2682400

- Davao Office
Room 314, 3rd floor, SM City Davao Ecoland, Davao City
Tel: (6382) 2994961 to 62

> Processing
You can get you International Driving Permit a day after application. However, if you're on a rush and you need it ASAP, you could apply for your permit at the Main Office in QC and you can wait for it to be released within the day.

So what are you waiting for? Head to the nearest AAP and apply for the driving permit to fully enjoy your adventure abroad.


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