UK licences to display Union Flag

Driving licence close up

UK driving licences will display the Union Flag, according to Transport Minister, Claire Perry.

Currently UK driving licences carry the EU flag however the soon to be introduced changes will add the British flag.

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.”

Other than an aesthetic display of national pride, there is no obvious reason for the inclusion of the Union Flag.

It’s the first time since 1998, when photocard licences were first introduced, that the licence will carry anything other than the EU flag.

However the addition of the Union Flag has been in the pipeline for more than two years, when David Cameron announced his intentions to add it to photocard licences.

Cameron’s intentions were delayed however until after the referendum on Scottish independence in September 2014.

Perry made the announcement on 30 December and it follows a series of licence reviews by the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

Perry also revealed that the paper counterpart to driving licences will become obsolete in 2015.