Union Flag to be displayed on British licences

A sample of the new driving licence, displaying the Union Flag.
A sample of the new driving licence, displaying the Union Flag.
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British motorists will be able to fly the flag with pride on their driving licences, as part of recently announced government plans.

Transport Minister Claire Perry recently announced that the Union Flag will appear on driving licences in the near future.

Anyone applying for a new licence or changing their personal details will be issued with the new licence, displaying both the British and European Union flags.

Transport Minister Claire Perry said: “People in this country rightly take pride in our national flag which is why I am delighted it will now be displayed on British driving licences.

“Celebrating Britain strengthens our sense of national identity and our unity. I will feel proud to carry my new licence and I hope others will too.”

The changes will provide motorists with a symbolic sign of their national identity and will apply to motorists in England, Scotland and Wales.

The European Union flag has been displayed on full driving licences since the photocards came into use in July 1998.