UK Drivers License driver’s license is an official document, often plastic and the size of a credit card, permitting a specific individual to operate one or more types of motorized vehicles, such as a motorcycle, car, truck, or bus on a public road.
Most American jurisdictions issue a driver license but some a driver’s license, which is conversationally American English; Canadian English uses both driver’s licence as well as driver licence (Maritimes), the Australian and New Zealand English equivalent is driver licence, in British English and in many Commonwealth of Nations countries and Ireland it is driving licence. In most international agreements the wording driving permit is used, for instance in the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. In this article, the American terminology and spelling is used generally but in country specific sections, the local spelling variant is used.
The laws relating to the licensing of drivers vary between jurisdictions. In some jurisdictions, a permit is issued after the recipient has passed a driving test, while in others, a person acquires their permit before beginning to drive. Different categories of permit often exist for different types of motor vehicles, particularly large trucks and passenger vehicles. The difficulty of the driving test varies considerably between jurisdictions, as do factors such as age and the required level of competence and practice.
Many European countries require drivers to produce their permit on demand when driving. Some European countries require adults to carry proof of identity at all times, but a driving permit is not valid for identification in every European country.
In the United Kingdom most drivers are not required to carry their “Driving Licence”. A driver may be required by a constable or vehicle examiner to produce this, but may provide it at a specified police station within seven days; the police issue a form for this purpose.
In Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain and Sweden, the driving permit number is listed along with the bearer’s national identification number. Banks and public authorities use the same number for customer databases, making the permit fully useful for identification purposes.