Before you travel the world, travel to any AAA office for your International Driving Permit. Bring your valid U.S. driver’s license, $15USD , and two ORIGINAL passport-type photos (also available at AAA offices). You may also wish to fill out our International Driving Permit application in advance.
You can also apply via mail and it takes 4-6 weeks.
NOTE: that International Driving permits are not intended to replace valid U.S. state licenses and should only be used as a supplement to a valid license. In other words, you must also have a valid U.S. state license in addition to an IDP to drive. Also, it may not be issued more than six months in advance of desired effective date.