How to spot a fake Driving Licence
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:
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
Driver’s number will appear ANOTH0021212AF9BN
A FAKE LICENCE WILL NOT HAVE THE CORRECT DATES IN THE DRIVER’S NUMBER
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.