Driving abroad with a Canadian driver’s licence

You must carry an international driving permit along with a valid Canadian driver’s licence to drive in Romania. However, your Canadian driver’s licence is only valid for up to 90 days. You require a local driver’s licence for longer stays. 

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.

Driver’s licences which have been withdrawn by the police for any reason and are returned to the Embassy, are forwarded back to the Canadian issuing agency. The documents may not be returned to the holders.

Lost or stolen Canadian driver's licence

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.

Renewal of a Canadian driver's licence

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.

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.