New EU driving licences to be made compulsory

Licences must follow a common format and be renewed every 10-15 years.

From tomorrow (19 January) member states will no longer be able to issue paper driving licences that are valid for life. A new driving licence directive which takes effect tomorrow states that all new licences must follow a common format – credit-card-sized plastic licences which expire every 10-15 years.  

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