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Discussion in 'Bali Expat Forum' started by Xtra josh, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. Xtra josh

    Xtra josh New Member

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    Looking to get another licence before i get hit by a roadblock . Any info . Or suggestions
     
  2. SamD

    SamD Member

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    As far as I know, you can only apply for an international licence in the country where your driver's licence was issued. I wouldn't know how to do it if you are not in your home country. Have some bribe money handy in case you get stopped, maybe.
     
  3. Xtra josh

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    Thanks yea ive lived here for alot of years.. need to go to bangkok apparently you can get a 10 yr lic
     
  5. harryopal

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    If you have Kitas or Kitap you can apply for an Indonesian licence.
     
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    No kitas atm .... Yea its a weird grey area
     
  8. JohnnyCool

    JohnnyCool Well-Known Member

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    The International Driving Permit (IDP), often (and incorrectly) referred to as International Driving License, is a document that, along with your valid home driver's license, allows you to legally drive a motor vehicle while abroad.

    They are usually issued by automobile clubs/associations in your home country. In Australia, every state has its own (and charge differently). Some clubs, (maybe all these days), allow you to apply through their websites. I did one one time through the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia when my normal licence was from NSW. Total cost was about Rp 300,000.

    I suggest you look up the website of the relevant club in your home country.
     
  9. sakumabali

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    The problem is that you have a KITAS only for a year (or IKTA), that means the Indonesian license just valid for a year too...
    In the old days you could bribe them - today that is more & more difficult. I must admit I bought a 10 years international driving license from an Australian, it worked...
     
  10. davita

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    Are you sure it's legal...most International driving permits are only valid for one year.
    This from...http://www.aaa.asn.au/international-services/faqs/
    'An IDP is valid for 12 months from the date of issue unless your domestic driving licence expires, is suspended or revoked in the meantime.'
     
  11. sakumabali

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    It's an open forum so let's say I had my doubts ;)
     
  12. JohnnyCool

    JohnnyCool Well-Known Member

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    Hi sakumabali
    There is no such thing as ‘a 10 years international driving license.’ What are you talking about?
    What do you mean by ‘it worked’?
    I have a retirement KITAS, (second round from the first five years), and now have an Indonesian driver’s licence valid for five years. (And yeah – I know I could have a Kitap.)
    I guess the point is that a lot depends upon who you’re dealing with (legally), and what ‘official’ information you rely upon (if you can find it). ‘Requirements’ for this that or the other, and how, or if, they’re pursued, vary. Different people have different experiences.

    Of course, here it’s hard to tell between dreams, reality and nightmares. Or something like that.
    It's all part of enjoying the 'organised' chaos we live in.

    :rolleyes:
     
  13. Mark

    Mark Active Member

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    Well anyway you are experienced enough here to know the risk that driving without a valid license will invalidate any medical injury or property damage claims under your insurance, if you have any, and in addition will put you at risk of a large fine or imprisonment if you are unfortunate enough to get into a serious accident involving a local, even if you believe you are not at fault.
     
  14. sakumabali

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    you guys are all right - that's something you shouldn't do. But you can't get an international driving license online. If you don't have a KITAS and your international 1 has expired & you don't want to buy a ticket to Europe just for that (plus you get hassled by cops every other day)
    you take every chance you get....I couldn't find it but it was an international driving license from an united nations organization like Unesco.
     
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    Re: post # 12 by Johnny Cool.)
    Hi...I'm interested in your statement "I have a retirement KITAS, (second round from the first five years),..... (And yeah – I know I could have a Kitap"
    I take it you didn't apply for a retirement Kitap after the expiry of the first 5 years on an annual Kitas.
    Did Imigrasi just continue to issue an annual Kitas or did you have to start all over, leave RI and return with an Itas etc.?
    I'm halfway through my 5 year first Kitap and, due to age and medical condition, don't wish to pay the big bucks for a lifetime Kitap as there isn't any refund if I die soon after. Do you think I can return to an annual Itas/Kitas like you did?
     
  16. JohnnyCool

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    Hi davita
    I'll send you a PM.
     
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    Mark Active Member

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    Some countries do allow application for an IDP online, and will post the license to an address within your home country.
     
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    That's a great find Harry and should be very helpful for members.
    I note it costs $24 but wonder if that's for the three year permit they say is available...if so that's a great deal also.
    Let's know how you get on.
     
  20. Mark

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    Not sure about Indonesia, but many countries require residents wishing to drive to obtain a local license within 6-12 months of acquiring lawful residency (in Indonesia this would be kitas / kitap).
     
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