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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-12-2018, 19:38 Thread Starter
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Can you remember when driving licences had to be renewed

Every how many years?
We've just had reason to check when we passed out driving tests, checked on our German licences and both said 1978 I have a copy of my last paper licence which of course they went by for my German licence, and the licence was valid from 78 when it was last renewed in the UK. I'm sure it won't make any difference, but if it did where would we get an actual date from officially, anyone know?

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Every how many years?
We've just had reason to check when we passed out driving tests, checked on our German licences and both said 1978 I have a copy of my last paper licence which of course they went by for my German licence, and the licence was valid from 78 when it was last renewed in the UK. I'm sure it won't make any difference, but if it did where would we get an actual date from officially, anyone know?
It may be difficult because I believe records now just state "start date before 30 January 1976" for groups entitled prior to that date.

You could try to check your driving record at https://www.viewdrivingrecord.servic...licence-number. You need your NI number plus your UK Driver Number
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I thought the old paper licences only needed renewing when changing address, reaching 70 or after a driving ban - unlike the new ones which are every 10 years.

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I've asked Chris and he and I think the same as Peter. We never renewed them, unless there was a specific reason, until reaching the age of 70.

What is the system in Germany, Jan?
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I seem to remember that the original red book driving license was for life and only changed to be renewed at 70 when they introduced the paper one. I passed my test in 1966 but nowhere does that show on my current license.
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I thought they got rid of the paper portion of the licence a couple of years ago, when it all went electronic.
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Hi Jan
I believe the old red book driving licence, pre DVLA, had a life of three years.
I did a search and found this

"By way of background, DVLA began issuing driving licences in 1973.
Previously, red book style driving licences were issued by Local
taxation Offices and were valid for a maximum period of 3 years. As
drivers renewed their red book licences between 1973 and 1975 the
details were converted to a computerised record. The majority of missing
entitlement claims are those where the driver claims to have passed a
test prior to the driver record being converted from local authority
records to the DVLA database. Experience has shown that some individuals
held separate red book licences for car and motorcycle entitlements
while others held a licence containing both. This appears to have caused
some difficulty when records were transferred in the 1970s."

This purports to be from the DVLA but is dated some 8 years ago.

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I thought the old paper licences only needed renewing when changing address, reaching 70 or after a driving ban - unlike the new ones which are every 10 years.
Correct only need to replace if a material change. I have lived at the same address for the last 31 years & still have my original pink paper licence. It does make me laugh when someone asks to see my licence to confirm my identity though as no photo.

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I thought they got rid of the paper portion of the licence a couple of years ago, when it all went electronic.
That is correct they did get rid of the paper portion of the photo licence. A paper licence though is still legal until it has to be replaced, as others have said, because of certain events
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All very strange, neither of us remember having a red book licence, I passed my test in 1964 Hans passed his in 1963.
My licence must have been renewed several time I expect because of change of address, but I was sure they had to be renewed periodically. I have a copy of my old
licence in front of me, 5.00 to change the address valid from 04.08.1978 to 02.09.2014 when I was 70.
Howsomever, Hans was at the same address all the time and his licence was also changed in 1978.
Our German licences are the photo card type and when renewed in 2010 valid for life, but since then the rules have been changed and we will need to renew in 2033 , we will probably have a new address by then
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