Transport minister announces ‘patriotic’ driving licence addition
The Union Flag is to feature on British driving licences alongside the flag of the European Union, transport minister Claire Perry has announced.
Anyone applying for a new licence, or changing their personal details, will now be issued with a licence showing both the British and European Union flags.
The changes will apply to motorists in England, Scotland and Wales and provide road users with a symbolic sign of their national identity.
Transport Minister Claire Perry said: “People in this country rightly take pride in our national flag which is why I am delighted it will now be displayed on British driving licences.
“Celebrating Britain strengthens our sense of national identity and our unity. I will feel proud to carry my new licence and I hope others will too.”
The inclusion of union flags on licences is one of a number of changes being made for motorists.
From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart of the photocard licence will no longer be required.
DVLA has also introduced a service to allow the public to check the most up to date information on their driving record.
The European Union flag has been displayed on full driving licences since photocards first came into use in July 1998.
More than 127 million photocard licences have been issued since they were introduced.