Honduras’ international license

The Honduran International Driver’s License is known by different acronyms depending on the language and region: PIC (Permiso Internacional de Conducir), IDP (International Driving Permit) or PIM (Permiso Internacional de Manejo) and is essentially a translation of the Honduran national driver’s license.

This permit allows drivers to operate vehicles abroad and must be accompanied by a national driver’s license.

To obtain it, drivers must follow certain steps through the website of a national International Driving Permit provider, following the instructions of the relevant national association.

This permit is promoted and distributed by the IWA/FIA, organizations with expertise in the defense of drivers’ rights and the promotion of road safety worldwide. For more information, you can visit internationaldrivingpermit.org.

Benefits of taking the PIM

The benefits of having an International Driving Permit (IDP) are varied, especially if you plan to drive abroad. These include:

  1. International Recognition: The PIC is recognized in many countries such as the USA, which facilitates car rental and driving abroad.
  2. Facilitates the procedures: Helps overcome language barriers, as it is a translation of your national license.
  3. Promotes Road Safety: Issued by recognized organizations, it supports international safe driving standards.
  4. Essential for Vehicle Rentals: Many rental companies require it, especially in countries where the national license is not in a widely understood language.

Having a PIC expands your mobility options and ensures a safer and more compliant driving experience when traveling or outside of Honduras.

It is important to note that the IDP must be used in conjunction with a valid driver’s license from your home country.

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The IDP alone is not sufficient and does not replace the need for a valid national license. In addition, the IDP is not an official form of identification like a passport, so you should always carry your passport and national license along with the IDP.

Where to apply and how much it costs

In Honduras, you can apply for an International Driving Permit at the Honduran Motorsports Association. The address is Residencial Loma Linda Norte 1, Calle 1, Avenida Sendero Volga, Casa 2314, Tegucigalpa, and the telephone number is 9990-4179. The approximate cost is 1,178 Honduran lempiras.

In the United States, citizens and residents can obtain an International Driving Permit through organizations such as the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA). The cost varies but is usually around US$20. This permit must be applied for in the driver’s home country prior to travel.

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