Delhi: Demand for international driving permits picks up pace, most issued for US and Canada

With restrictions on international travel eased and Covid-19 cases brought under control, the demand for International Driving Permits (IDP) has soared and reached the pre-pandemic period, officials from the Department of Transport in Delhi said. A large number of permits have been issued this year for the United States and Canada through June 7.

According to government data, the Delhi Department of Transport released 4,286 IDPs from February through June 7. In June alone, the Department of Transportation released 439 IDPs to Delhi residents who moved abroad for study, work and other business purposes. Of the international permits issued this year, 1,150 were issued to the United States and 986 were issued to Canada.

Due to Covid restrictions and the growing number of Covid cases, international driving permits have been suspended for some time and numbers have dropped when the operation resumed after restrictions. But with the third wave under control, requests for displaced people have increased since February. A transportation administration official said the number rose in a few months.

Besides the US and Canada, about 442 displaced Delhi residents were issued to drive SUVs in Great Britain, 335 for the United Arab Emirates, 116 for France and 111 for Ireland, according to the data.

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A total of 2,421 and 4,825 international driving licenses were issued in 2020 and 2021, respectively. The data also shows that the Department of Transport issued 9,142 IDPs in 2018 and 10,040 IDPs in 2019. Officials said that if the situation is normal, the number of permits will reach pre-Covid times.

There are about 88 countries eligible for International Driving Permits. The IDPs are issued by the state transport authority’s various district offices and are valid for one year, officials said.

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