Do I have to carry my driving license with me?

The DRIVER’S LICENSE is an ID card that can be used in a variety of ways, not only in road traffic.

However, is it mandatory to carry it with you at all times? That’s all you need to know.

To be on the safe side, you should always carry your driver's license with you


To be on the safe side, you should always carry your driver’s license with youPhoto credit: Getty

Do I always have to have my driving license with me?

You are not required by law to carry your driver’s license with you everywhere, including when driving, but it is recommended that you do so.

A driver’s license contains personal information about you, such as your address and date of birth, which you may need when you are driving, especially if you are in an emergency.

While driving you could be stopped by a police officer who could ask for your driver’s license and if you don’t have it on hand you must ensure that you present it at a police station within seven days.

Failure to produce it will be considered a criminal offense and you may be fined and prosecuted.

Your license should always be kept up to date.

This means that you should check the expiration date and replace the photo if it no longer looks like you.

What documents should I keep in my car?

To drive a vehicle on the road, you must have a valid driver’s license, MOT (if the car is more than three years old), road tax and insurance.

There are no laws that require you to have documents in your car, but you never know what could happen when you’re out and about.

Therefore, to be on the safe side, you should also carry a valid TÜV and a valid insurance certificate with you in addition to your driver’s license.

A TÜV certificate shows that your car meets the legally prescribed minimum requirements for environmental and road safety standards at the time of the test.

Police can verify that your vehicle has the correct insurance and MOT by checking the Police National Computer.

Do I need to carry proof of my car insurance?

Proof of insurance is another recommended document to have in your car, although it’s not a legal requirement.

If you are involved in an accident, it proves to all other drivers involved that your vehicle is legally insured.

However, many insurance companies no longer send insurance certificates. So always check that you have digital confirmation that your car is insured.

It is illegal to drive without insurance and you should always check that your details such as your vehicle’s name, address and number plate are correct otherwise you may not be insured. Do I have to carry my driving license with me?

Fry Electronics Team

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