Valid Canadian driver’s licenses are recognized as valid to drive In Italy, Albania, and Malta, provided other requirements are also met, when applicable.
International Driving Permits are issued in Canada by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) and must be procured before leaving Canada. Note that your Canadian licence must accompany the IDP at all times – the IDP alone is not sufficient. It is not possible to renew IDPs abroad.
In Italy, an IDP may be substituted by an official translation by a recognized translator (known in Italian as traduttore giurato). Many service providers, including some contracted by agencies, are available throughout Italy; you may use the business directory at www.paginegialle.it to locate one nearby, by searching for traduttore giurato or traduzione giurata. The Embassy of Canada and its Consulates do not provide this service.
If you remain in Italy beyond one year, you must cease driving or apply for an Italian driver's licence. The conversion of a Canadian licence to an Italian one is not permitted. Note that written tests and driving exams are only conducted in Italian.
Driver’s licences which have been withdrawn by the police for any reason, including use past the one-year mark, are returned to the Embassy, which in turn forwards them to the Provincial/Territorial issuing agency. They may not be returned to the holders.
If you have to replace your Canadian driver's licence because of loss or theft, you must contact the agency responsible, in Canada, for issuing your licence. Please consult the list of Provincial/Territorial driver's licence agencies; the Embassy and Consulates of Canada may not assist.
We strongly advise that you file a loss or theft report at a local police station. The police will provide a "receipt" in lieu of a driver's licence, which you may be able to use to continue driving. Please check with the police what limitations may apply.
Some Provinces and Territories allow for a one-time temporary extension of validity of driver’s licences if the expiry occurs while the holder is abroad. Please consult the list of Provincial/Territorial driver's licence agencies to verify whether this service is available to you, and under what conditions. The Embassy and Consulates may not provide any document to extend the validity of a Provincial/Territorial driver’s licence.