Driving in Poland
In order to drive in Poland, American citizens must have either an international driving permit or a Polish national driver’s license: a U.S. State driver's license without an IDP is insufficient. Americans may use an International Driving Permit until it expires, regardless of the date of entry into Poland. In the U.S., you can obtain an IDP from any local AAA; if you are currently overseas, send the completed application to:
Mailstop # 28
1000 AAA Dr.,
Heathrow, FL 32746 USA.
For more information on the IDP, click here: http://www.aaasouth.com/travel_drivers.asp
For an application, click here:
American citizens applying for a Polish drivers license are now required to pass a written examination (non-Polish speakers must provide their own licensed interpreter), and pay the examination fee.
Additionally, you must bring to the examination center:
- an application for exchange of a driver’s license
- a receipt for the driver’s license issuance fee
- a sample signature
- a photograph
- an authorized translation of the U.S. State driver’s license
- a photocopy of the State driver’s license
Upon receipt of the Polish driving license, a foreigner must submit his state/national license to the local licensing office. Subsequently, Polish authorities send the foreign license to the Embassy with a request that it be returned to the licensing authority in the United States. If you have questions about this procedure please call the Embassy at: 22 504 2784.