The Road and Railway Traffic Police Unit (PC08) under the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Public Security announced on Tuesday the refusal of the International Automobile Association (IAA) driver’s license being used by foreigners and Vietnamese of foreign nationalities in Vietnam.
Besides the IAA license, foreigners also use the International Driving Permit (IDP) driver’s license in the Southeast Asian country, according to PC08.
The IAA license is issued by the New York-based International Automobile Association while the IDP is granted by the competent state agencies in countries that participate in the Road Traffic Convention of 1968, referred to as the Park Convention, under a uniform form.
Recently, some individuals and organizations have been advertising IAA license exchange services to make the license valid in many countries around the world, including Vietnam, on social networking sites.
However, Vietnam currently only recognizes the IDP in accordance with a circular issued by the Ministry of Transport in 2015.
Other types of international driving licenses, including the IAA license, are not legal in the country.
When working with Vietnamese traffic police officers, drivers who use the IAA license or fail to produce an eligible license will be booked for an administrative fine for a 'no driver’s license' violation, PC08 warned.