How do I get an international driver's licence from India? In which all countries would it be valid?
I went through the process for obtaining IDP (International Driving Permit) in Jayanagar RTO, Bangalore in last week of May, 2021. The process has completely changed from the ones mentioned earlier in this thread. As of today the process is a mix of online application and offline processes. I’m sharing the process I had to undergo to get mine.Step 1 - The application has to be made online at Sarathi Service, the left had menu doesn't list IDP explicitly under “Apply Online” its inside the cryptically named “Services on Driving Licence”. On clicking the link & clicking “continue” it will take you to a page which asks for your DL Number. In Karnataka (KA) we have alpha numeric DL number. It took couple of try’s for me to figure out that you have to enter the complete alpha numeric DL number. I guess the system is designed to be linked to a database with all the DL details, as of last week KA’s DL details were not uploaded by GoK to the Sarathi site! So it threw a funny message saying “Do DL backdate entry”. I had to visit the RTO physically & told the section officer (the sites helplines are useless), he took a copy of my DL and did the data entry manually into Sarathi System. After coming back to home & trying again, the system started showing my details & allowed to choose the service I want to avail. Looks like applications for a whole host of services are to made online first.Step 2 - Fill the online application form. Ok, its not a single app form, it has 4 sub-steps!For COV grades I selected the second option, which is for a car, first one is for motorcyclesUploading the documents - visa, passport (first & last page of current passport) & driving license for which IDP is needed, scan / photo needs to be uploaded. They have allowed 1MB each file size to be uploaded, so no problem as such. But be careful the usability is not that great so always keep the tab active & checking if some prompt is being shown to you. After uploading, the user is supposed to confirm it!Uploading of applicants photo & signature was the most painful one! Yes, you have to sign on a piece of paper and then scan/photo upload it. Don’t ask! BTW this whole step is total waste as they expect you to physically go to RTO for photo & signature latter in the process! Getting the photo to less than 20kb & ONLY in jpeg, was such a pain. But thanks to it have learnt a neat trick of how to do it without using any online or other tool! this works only of Mac, refer to my answer .Don’t worry for the crazy instructions given. Its humanly impossible to follow those, even for my Visa application it was much simpler. Just ensure the pic is below 20kb!Next is the most tricky part which kept me awake till midnight! Payment of fees, the damn UI, UX & payment gateway are so bad that I kept getting multiple errors. Apparently if you select different states details by mistake & make payment they don’t take any responsibility! I was told latter by the section officer that its no necessary to pay online. If you just fill your application online & take details to RTO, you can pay by cash at the counter. After multiple attempts i somehow managed to make the payment. BTW if you initiate a payment & encounter error the system takes its own sweet time to update the records as failure. For me even after 6 hours it kept saying “payment under process” & didn’t allow me to make another payment. I had to delete the application & redo the whole thing! luckily I was able to make payment at 1 AM! I feel the KA Govt. payment gateway (yes, they connect you each states own payment gateway!) has problem.The important thing to note in this step is to actually note down the application nos. which is displayed when you fill the details . This is the reference number to be used just incase you are not able to make online payment & follow-up for it off-line. The other thing is to download & printout the challan (receipt) which you get after making payment on the payment gateway.Step 3 - After you are done making all the payments, the application shows that forms are ready to be printed! However other than generating the acknowledgement, the other forms don’t get printed. They show an exception error, associated with the Jasper Report server which they use for generating the PDFs. Don’t panic, just take the printout of the acknowledgement or just take the application reference number to RTO. They expect you to go in person & submit the following:Show & take a photocopy of 1) original passport 2) valid Visa 3) airline ticket & 4) medical certificate (Yes!, now they refused to accept a private doctors certificate. Only a Govt. hospital doctor can certify. I guess you will find lot of willing agents hanging around the RTO to get this done for a fee (mine charged Rs. 200/-) 5) 2 passport size photos 6) Driving LicenceIDP is issued in the permit section of the RTO. In Jayanagar RTO its counter number 11.Since my address on passport & driving licence didn’t match the RTO guy asked me to submit an affidavit stating both the address are same & one on driving license is valid. You can get the template readily available with some of the notary agents , like i found in JYN sub-registrars office for Rs. 180 each. I guess the same needs to be done if any other (Name, DOB) details don’t match between DL & passport!All the paper work along with the forms, fees paid challan have to be submitted to RTO. Your photograph & signature is electronically captured by the biometric guys in RTO! (no use of ur uploads!) . This despite the fact that they already have all my biometrics attached with my DL & already in their system!NOTE: If you want IDP, it will require your physical presence in RTO for at-least 3–4 hours!They push your application electronically in a workflow on the same website where you filled-in the details. In my case all worked fine ( internet & the website!) wonder whats happens if any of them don’t work.The last time around, about 5 years back, all was on paper & didn’t warrant physically going to RTO.Step 4 - In Karnataka due to the Service Guarantee Act IDP has to be issued within 7 days. I got my IDP printout with my photo & all the other details printed on an A4 sheet paper. Its not a handwritten booklet which we used to get earlier.