Driving Licence

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Tosan, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. Tosan

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    Hi
    Our son seems to think we have to update our paper driving licences to use abroad !
    Saying that the authority's will not accept them
    So can I ask you all on here do you agree with this or are we ok?
    as I think the problem might only occur if we were perhaps hireing a vehicle.
    Needless to say it's what we have been using for all our past travels
    Many thanks !
     
  2. EzeeRider

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    If you haven't got the photographic licence then it is probably wise to up date.
    ezee
     
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  3. mariner

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    I believe it is not compulsory to do so, but it is useful to have a photo license, as it is accepted in most places, as ID, when you use a debit or credit card.


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  4. Fletton

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  5. motor roamin

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    As far as I am aware you are still fine in Europe with a paper licence, that is definitely the case here, we have not been informed of any plans to change that, although we don't always get informed by DVLA of changes DVSA are in our office at lest three times a week for driving tests and the examiners are up to date with changes and always inform us, I will ask tomorrow when the examiners are here.

    All the best Rick
     
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  6. Welsh girl

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    I thought paper licences were abolished in January?
    Or was it a rumour?
     
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    Only (Mostly) for those folk that have a two-part licence - paper and plastic photo ..

    see Gov link above. :)
     
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    In Spain you must carry photographic I.D at all times , a new style photo Uk driving licence is sufficient otherwise you will be required to carry your passport at all times .
    Failure to do so is a fine .
    Why the reluctance to change your licence ?
     
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  9. DanielFord

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    @Foghorn Leghorn is correct. It isn't just Spain, lot's of EU countries require you to carry ID. Personally I hate carrying my passport unless absolutely necessary. The photocard driving licence is accepted everywhere as valid ID, and it is so convenient to carry.

    Don't forget, driving your own vehicle abroad, you must be able to produce the V5, and photo ID to prove that you own the vehicle.

    My mother and Father were extremely reluctant to change to photocard, but when the dreaded 70 year renewal came, they loved it. Dad actually said he wished he'd changed it sooner!
     
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  10. Lenny HB

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    If your paper one is a Pink EU one, or a Pink & Green EU your are OK, the old Green one that does not have EU on it is a bit of a grey area, Spain & Italy and a few other counties may require an International Driving License as well if you only have the Green one.
     
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    We have had our passports copied and reduced to credit card size in Mail Box in Spain for I.D. purposes,,,BUSBY.
     
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  12. chocky

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    Hi
    I have scanned passports, EHics, driving licences(both parts), NHS certificates, log books, insurance certificates and MOT certificates and uploaded to cloud.
    Also scan any holiday docs when available.
    Now accessible anywhere I can get a signal.
     
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  13. Tootles

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    If you apply for a new licence on line, for Gods sake don't destroy your old paper licence, as they instruct you to do! I know a few bikers who passed their tests years ago, having the right to ride a motorcycle 'lost', because they claim you never ever had a full bike licence! Without the proof of your old paper licence, your scuppered. :(:(
     
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    as @Tootles said watch em I lost my track license and didn't realize for 5yrs till next change(hgv)
     
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    Which doesnt carry a photo either :rolleyes:
     
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    My reason, if i had the choice today, would be because i paid for my paper licence to run up to age 70.
    a photocard must have the photo updated every 10 years at a cost of £20 into the governments coffers.
    if you didnt have a photo before i see no reason to have a photo now.

    I dont even see the need for a physical licence anyway....we no longer need a tax disc, we no longer get an MOT certificate (we get a reciept) and we no longer have real need of an insurance certificate......everything is in a database, including all your licence history.
     
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  17. Lenny HB

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    Photo has nothing to do with the validity of the licence in other countries.
     
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  18. Peter & Elaine

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    Happend to me in 1998 when I became a born again biker at some point on a licence renew my motorcycle entitlement disappeared
    Had to redo my test as I could not prove I had one I passed my bike test in 1969
    But they said they could not trace records back that far
    Tossers cost me about £700 quid
    Now to be fair it was the best thing that happened as I thought I could ride a bike and I quickly found out I could not ride half as well as I thought I learnt so much 4 half day lessons on a cb 500 and then passed my test first time
     
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  19. GWAYGWAY

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    What is this paper licence? I have a very nice little red book.

    ( Joke, for the do not get it, mob)

    I do think that I should get a plastic one now as I cannot even go to the scrap yard now without one.
    Trouble is it cost so much nowadays the other one was, five bob.
     
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    Good advice Tootles. Tell 'em its lost There are cases of the DVLA granting some drivers rights they hadn't taken a test for. A memorable one was a guy who was given the qualification to drive a double deck bus when he only had a m/c licence AND he was only 18
     
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