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Unfortunately fake Driving Licences are becoming more prevalent.

These driving licences can be purchased from the internet and sold as a novelty for around £40. They cannot be an exact copy of a UK driving licence therefore there is always something on the fake licence that is different.

What to look out for:

Driver’s number

CHARACTERS 1-5: These are the first five characters of the driver’s surname and if it’s less than five, it’s filled up with nines (99)

CHARACTER 6: The decade digit from the year of birth. For example, 1993 would be 9

CHARACTERS 7-8: These are the month of birth, so December would be 12. For female
drivers, the seventh character is incremented by a 5 – so 51-62 instead of 01-12

CHARACTERS 9-10: The date within the month of birth – this would be 01-31

CHARACTER 11: The year digit from the year of birth. For example, 1993 would be 3

CHARACTERS 12-13: The first two initials of the first names – if driver has no middle name, the character is replaced with a 9

CHARACTER 14: Random digit, typically 9

CHARACTERS 15-16: Two computer check digits

CHARACTERS 17-18: Appended, two digits representing the licence issue – increase by one for each licence issued.

Modern driving licenses the surname (1) and details (9) are raised / embossed bold black letters.

On the rear of a licence there is a hologram this denotes date and month the licence expires along with the holder’s photo.

The main things to look for: –

Hologram on the rear 1 no hologram function, 2 hologram shows signs but very thin lines.

The main issues which gets missed sits in the date of birth for example: –

If there date of birth is 12.12.2002 shown in section 3 (male licence) it will appear in the driver’s number mixed up

021212 = 12.12.2002 on a fake licence this will appear something like 912129

On a licence held by a female the number 5 will appear after the first number.

Mr Anon Fake Another

D.O.B. 12.12.2002

Driver’s number will appear ANOTH0021212AF9BN


The 9 after their initials denotes UK issue the last two letters are just random.

These fake licence can appear in the main details to be correct but they will never have a hologram on the rear.

These licence can never be copied in full this would make them a forgery don’t forget these are sold as a novelty.

Other things to spot surname letters are not raised / embossed in fact some letters can be picked off.


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