INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS PERMIT NEEDED TO RENT A CAR IN GREECE

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a requirement to rent and drive a motor vehicle legally in Greece.  It is mandatory to accompany your valid domestic driver's license with an (IDP) at the time of receiving your rent a car.  No IDP, No Car Rental and there may be No Exceptions so make sure you obtain your International Drivers Permit.

The Greek Traffic Police does not accept a non-EU license independently, and so it is required that your valid domestic driver's license be accompanied by an International Drivers Permit.

An International Driving Permit is a United Nations regulated document written in 10 languages and serves as an officially recognized translation of a domestic driver’s license that allows the holder to drive a private motor vehicle in any country or jurisdiction that recognizes the document.   

Note: It may be the case where some car rental agencies are ill-informed or neglectful and agree to rent cars to travelers without disclosing to them the many problems that may occur if one is driving without the proper documentation.  If an individual drives without an (IDP), they may face high fines and or be responsible for all expenses in the event of an accident. The latest Greek Traffic Law (May 14, 2018) stipulates that both the driver (renter) and the car rental company will be fined 1,000 Euro (to each) for this violation.

The UN itself does not issue driving permits, but use authorized travel associations to administer the service. A passport-size booklet is administered verifying that the motorist has a valid driver's license from his or her permanent place of residence.  In most countries, an (IDP) is issued by Automobile Associations or accredited online providers.  The International Drivers Permit can be obtained in person or via postal mail. 

Some examples include AAA (The American Automobile Association), CAA (The Canadian Automobile Association), AAA (The Australian Automobile Association), ATCUAE ) (the Automobile & Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates),  (NAF) Norwegian Automobile Federation in Norway and Riksförbundet M Sverige in Sweden to include a few.  

A domestic driver’s license from the following countries do not need an International Drivers Permit and is acceptable.  Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, as well as Ireland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

We hope that we have provided you with all of the information needed concerning the International Drivers Permit. However, if you still have questions or need additional information, we're more than glad to provide you with assistance.