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How to Apply for International Driving License in Pakistan

A detailed guide for all provinces

International driving license

An international driving license is essential if you often travel abroad, and it can be handy if you plan to do transport-related work in foreign countries. An international driving license can be easily obtained in Pakistan, especially if you already have a state-issued driving license which makes the process simpler and easier. If you don’t know the process, here’s how to apply for international driving license in Pakistan:

State-issued Driving License

International Driving License
How to get an international driving license in Pakistan

If you have a valid driving license issued by the state, the process of acquiring an international one becomes quicker, otherwise, you must visit the local licensing center to apply for it.

Note that the international driving license can be acquired from the same center you got your state-issued driving license. Also, if you have just received your local driving license, you can immediately apply for an international one the next day.

Getting an International License in Islamabad

If a citizen of Islamabad needs an international driving permit, they should visit the Citizen Facilitation Centre in G-11/4. It takes seven days and costs Rs.1,050. An urgent international permit costs Rs. 2,050 and is ready in 24 hours.

Required Documents

  • Two passport-size photographs.
  • A copy of your driving license issued by the Islamabad Traffic Police.
  • A photocopy of your passport (valid) and visa (valid).
  • A photocopy of your CNIC of the applicant.
  • Driving stamp of Rs. 30 from the Post Office.
  • Proof of residence in the federal capital.
  • Medical certificate (if applicable, for ages 50 and above)

Application Form

Another means for the residents of Islamabad to apply for the international license is by downloading the form at

Next, fill it out, attach the documents to it, and submit it.

Getting an International License in Punjab

First, book an appointment on the Rasta App. The appointment can be easily booked beforehand by the Punjab IT Board. The Rasta application can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices. Then, fill in the CNIC information and other details. After this, you can book an appointment at the licensing center that is nearest to you. You can even choose the time slots that suit you best. Also, select the purpose of the visit from the provided list.

The Rasta App can also be used for other convenient services like applying for a learner’s license and even dealing with matters related to the national driving license.

Required Documents

The completed application form must be submitted with the following documents:

  • Two attested passport-size photographs.
  • One attested photocopy of your (valid) CNIC.
  • A photocopy of your (valid) passport.
  • A photocopy of your (valid) national driving license.
  • Medical certificate (if applicable, for ages 50 and above).
  • A Rs. 66 ticket from the District Court.
  • A Rs. 450  fee voucher paid at HBL.

Applicants can save time if they already have a local driving license. If you already have a local driving permit, your new international license will be delivered within 24 hours. If not, you can visit the same licensing center and obtain your international license. However, delays of this sort are rare.

Getting an International License in Sindh

Applicants can visit to apply for an international license. This website can be used to book an online appointment and even choose a center.

Citizens of Karachi should choose the Clifton or Nazimabad branches, and appointments for both these branches can be made online.

Required Documents

  • Two or three) passport-size photographs.
  • A photocopy of your driving license issued by the Sindh Police.
  • 1 photocopy of your license (valid) and visa (valid).
  • 1 photocopy of your CNIC.
  • Proof of residence in Sindh.
  • Medical certificate (if applicable, for ages 50 and above).

Getting an International License in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Applicants from Peshawar or other areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) can visit Tasneem Plaza near the Benevolent Fund Building. They are to visit Room number 11 on the second floor of the building in this regard.

Required Documents

The following documents are to be submitted with the application form.

  • Two passport-sized photographs.
  • A photocopy of your local driving license (valid).
  • Photocopies of your passport (valid) and visa (valid)
  • Photocopy of your CNIC.
  • Proof of residence.
  • Postal driving stamp.
  • Medical certificate (if applicable, for ages 50 and above).

Getting an International License in Balochistan

Applicants are to visit the Police Mobile Khidmat Markaz, and must have a local driving license to apply for an international permit. The processing fee includes Rs. 66 for the court fee ticket apart from Rs. 450 for the bank payment.

Required Documents

  • International application form within file cover.
  • Original CNIC
  • Attested copy of the CNIC.
  • Original driving license.
  • A copy of the driving license (valid) issued in Quetta.
  • Original passport.
  • A copy of your Pakistani passport (valid for at least six months) with the visa (valid).
  • Two attested passport-size photographs.

The international driving license will be delivered to the applicant within five days of the application.


The international driving license contains all the necessary information about an individual. However, it cannot be used permanently as identification for the holder.

If you lose your ID card, a new one must be made as soon as possible, and the license can be used as a substitute in the meantime. This will ensure that your routine activities are not hampered.

You can also easily rent a car in the foreign country you are in, and this will save you from additional costs. Moreover, you can save time by not having to wait in long queues at train or bus stations and the hassle of public transport.


This article aims to provide answers to all your international driving license-related questions but here are the answers to some frequently asked questions that you may still have.

Which countries accept Pakistani driving licenses?

More than a hundred countries accept the international driving license issued by Pakistan. They include:

  • Argentina
  • United States of America
  • UK
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Japan
  • Cameroon
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Singapore
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe

How can you get a Pakistani driving license when you have an international driving license?

If you live abroad and want to apply for a Pakistani driving license, the first thing that you have to do is to log on to the DLIMS website and download the license application form. Fill out the form and submit it with the required documents. After that, you will receive your license in a short time.

Can I acquire an international driving permit (IDP) from Islamabad if my license is from a different province?

It is advisable to apply for your IDP from the same licensing center you acquired your local driving license from. However, if you want to apply in Islamabad, it can be done too. For this purpose, you will have to submit the following additional documents along with the form:

  • Computerized driving license.
  • NOC from relevant district administration.
  • Proof of residence in Islamabad.

Let us know if this article helps you. Also, if you have any other questions, do mention them below.

Written by Aamna Mazhar


  1. Aslam o Alaikum
    I don’t have Pakistani Driving License but I have valid saudi License and I am in Saudi Arab How can I apply for Pakistani International driving license or first I need to apply for local License please explain me

  2. What about people who live’s In Gilgit Baltistan why it is not included in the list? Where we should go? Need answer?

  3. Aalam Alaikum
    Sir can i apply for the intetnational license ?becauase i have expired pasport.
    Please sir tell me can i apply for international driving licence.
    I have already HTV licece Sndh Police.

    • Assalam o Alikum
      I have a valid Dubai Driving license and I am in Dubai. Please inform me how can I get the Pakistani license or international.
      Please inform me the required documents and process for applying.

  4. How can i apply for international license online. I am from Khyber pakhtunkhwa. While you’ve given punjab’s website.
    I am living in Uzbekistan now. I’ve my local license.

  5. Sir i live in pak azad kashmir and i have valid kashmir police licance now i m in saudi and want to applay for islamabad driviing lice so kindly inform me how can i apply..


  7. I have my local driving license but I want international one What’s the fees of international driving license from KPK?. And how much time it takes?