Before traveling, know which driving permits you’ll need to ensure you’re always covered while driving overseas.
U.S. License & Motorcycle EndorsementTo be able to apply for a SETAF license in Italy, you must first have a valid U.S. driver’s license. To make life easier, renew your driver’s license before you PCS if its expiration date falls within your timeline overseas. To be granted permission to drive a motorcycle overseas, Soldiers need a MFC Certificate and motorcycle endorsement on their U.S. license while dependents only require the endorsement. You will not be able get a U.S. motorcycle endorsement once overseas.
International DrivingOutside of Italy, many countries will not recognize a U.S. or SETAF license. To drive through neighboring countries, you will need to purchase either:
- International Driving Permit ($20, renewed yearly): At least 4 weeks before traveling, apply by mail or in person at AAA or AATA (the 2 agencies authorized by the State Department to issue IDPs).
- Italian Driver’s License (~216€, valid for 10 years): Apply once you arrive in Italy.