Lost License.

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B'stard Child

18,047 posts

190 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Beati Dogu said:
DoubleD said:
Why would you care what your licence is made from?

Plastic or paper, I really dont care.
Well for one, you didn't have to renew your paper licence every 10 years for £21.50 (currently), plus the cost of the photos.
^ this



Red Devil

11,638 posts

152 months

Wednesday 14th August
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drjdog said:
Beati Dogu said:
Well for one, you didn't have to renew your paper licence every 10 years for £21.50 (currently), plus the cost of the photos.
DVLA
I did mine two weeks ago, it was £14.
It's only £21.50 to renew a photocard licence if you do so at a Post Office - https://www.postoffice.co.uk/identity/renew-drivin...
£17 by post to DVLA and £14 online - https://www.gov.uk/driving-licence-fees
However you can only use the latter if you have a valid passport: the photo is transferred digitally - https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence

drjdog said:
When were these paper licences last issued?
July 1998 - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/137238.stm

br d

Original Poster:

7,083 posts

170 months

Wednesday 14th August
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rserwata said:
If you need to hire a car now they only accept the photo ID where as afew years ago it was the opposite
Hired many cars with my paper license, never been an issue.

B'stard Child

18,047 posts

190 months

Wednesday 14th August
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br d said:
rserwata said:
If you need to hire a car now they only accept the photo ID where as afew years ago it was the opposite
Hired many cars with my paper license, never been an issue.
Hired a car in Spain last week with a paper licence not a problem

thebigmacmoomin

2,153 posts

113 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Sheepshanks said:
thebigmacmoomin said:
Dad still has his old green paper one & not a photocard one. No intention of getting one either. Used it in USA many years ago & they had no idea what it was.
I used my paper one 2 weeks ago in the US and it wasn't questioned.
It must have just been where we went & who it was behind the counter. They probably had no idea that a driving licence never had a photo on in the past.

drjdog

221 posts

14 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Red Devil said:
Ah, not in my neck of the woods. My first licence was photocard 10+ years before that.

HealeyV8

202 posts

22 months

Wednesday 14th August
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I had to send my paper one off for points a few months back, and I swear I never got it back, so had to apply for replacement and yes it's a poxy photocard.

yonex

14,761 posts

112 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Still have a paper license, great for the US.

Hire cars all over the place, never had an issue.

yonex

14,761 posts

112 months

Wednesday 14th August
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rserwata said:
If you need to hire a car now they only accept the photo ID where as afew years ago it was the opposite
Absolute rubbish.


yonex

14,761 posts

112 months

Wednesday 14th August
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DoubleD said:
Why would you care what your licence is made from?

Plastic or paper, I really dont care.
Good for you. The fact you have to renew the plastic one every ‘x’ years is a scam. Also, a paper licence is far more difficult to process. Therefore you get a ‘warning’ smile

What’s not to like. Cheaper, and potentially swerves a fine.

HM-2

4,547 posts

113 months

Wednesday 14th August
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B'stard Child said:
she replied "rules just say I have to ask for ID - DL is one of the acceptable forms of ID - even if it's a paper one in 8 bits with no photo"
I had the opposite with a housemate of mine who was just old enough to have a paper license; I had to buy his beer from Tesco because they wouldn't accept it as ID!

pyruse

15 posts

5 months

Wednesday 14th August
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I had to replace my paper license with a photo one because the postcode on our house had changed (years ago) which never mattered until the last year or so, but now whenever I get a courtesy car it causes a big delay and a call to the DVLA to sort it out. To fix it I needed to get the post code changed, which required a new license to be issued, which turned into some sort of Kafka-esque thing as the old postcode wasn't valid so they couldn't look it up, to change the license, which of course was the reason I needed a new license. In the end someone in the DVLA told me to enter some special top-secret Swansea postcode which means 'unknown postcode' but is accepted by the system. At least now when I get a car at the garage it doesn't cause a 30 minute delay every time.

Isaac Hunt

10,131 posts

155 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Now I am over 60 I might replace my green paper licence with a photo one. Although I would quite like to keep the original.

I have a driving licence which was issued to my Grandfather, complete with photo, in 1906, which allowed him to drive in France. Although he added three years onto his age as he was really only 16. He eventually became chauffeur for David Davis who was an MP in Wales.

thebigmacmoomin

2,153 posts

113 months

Wednesday 14th August
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yonex said:
The fact you have to renew the plastic one every ‘x’ years is a scam.
Its most likely because the photo is 10 years old and you will have changed enough that it need renewing ….. or it just a money making scheme.

DoubleD

8,608 posts

52 months

Wednesday 14th August
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yonex said:
DoubleD said:
Why would you care what your licence is made from?

Plastic or paper, I really dont care.
Good for you. The fact you have to renew the plastic one every ‘x’ years is a scam. Also, a paper licence is far more difficult to process. Therefore you get a ‘warning’ smile

What’s not to like. Cheaper, and potentially swerves a fine.
A scam? Ha ha.

I think that the photo card is a good idea.

DoubleD

8,608 posts

52 months

Wednesday 14th August
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HealeyV8 said:
I had to send my paper one off for points a few months back, and I swear I never got it back, so had to apply for replacement and yes it's a poxy photocard.
So whats poxy about the photocard licence?

yonex

14,761 posts

112 months

Wednesday 14th August
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DoubleD said:
A scam? Ha ha.

I think that the photo card is a good idea.
You would.

I’ll happily not pay for a licence every ‘x’ years and not have to worry it. But feel free to give your cash away rofl

Red Devil

11,638 posts

152 months

Thursday
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Isaac Hunt said:
Now I am over 60 I might replace my green paper licence with a photo one. Although I would quite like to keep the original.
Why not wait until you're 70, when you'll have to anyway?
I was going to and planned on keeping the green one as a momento (it's gone AWOL: can't find it).
Unfortunately I then had an intervening change of address and my dastardly plan was foiled. wink

Otoh hand I still have my very first licence (booklet with a red cover) issued by the local County Council.
Long before the DVLA was ever a 'thing'.

kambites

57,205 posts

165 months

Thursday
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I couldn't wait to get rid of my old green licence personally. They were a pain in the arse if you drive a lot (and specifically drive more than one car) in a country where it's mandatory to carry your licence when driving.

HTP99

14,654 posts

84 months

Thursday
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drjdog said:
Red Devil said:
Ah, not in my neck of the woods. My first licence was photocard 10+ years before that.
UK?

My paper licence was issued 30/09/1997, I still have it however it's now held together with sellotape.