For those of us who have long since parted with our paper driving licences and now possess photocards instead (though let’s not get started on the paper counterpart that comes with these credit card-sized licences, though that’s due to go by 2015) it might be surprising to learn that 9,751,572 of the old style paper ‘permits’ are still in circulation. This is against a total of 35,306,492 photocards.
Many of these old paper licences could well be provisional – indeed the DVLA’s figures show there are 7.2 million of this type out there somewhere – presumably never converted into the full version.
But as the years go by the number of paper licences will dwindle further and – so we comply with an EU directive – by 19th January 2033 all licences issued and in circulation must be of the card variety. There’s a date for your diary.