Driving License address

Our daughter recently had her handbag snatched in the street by a  cyclist and when helping her sort out the card notifications etc we realised that her address is also in her wallet on her Driving License. This left her having to change locks as well.  It occurs to us how much of a security risk this is having the address on this document when all other cards etc do not. With the likelihood of house keys being in a bag it is an open invitation to add extra misery to an already upsetting scenario.  With your contacts could this be looked at?
 Thanks
Phil Mead



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  • philmead said:
    Our daughter recently had her handbag snatched in the street by a  cyclist and when helping her sort out the card notifications etc we realised that her address is also in her wallet on her Driving License. This left her having to change locks as well.  It occurs to us how much of a security risk this is having the address on this document when all other cards etc do not. With the likelihood of house keys being in a bag it is an open invitation to add extra misery to an already upsetting scenario.  With your contacts could this be looked at?
     Thanks
    Phil Mead
    The driving license is legally required to have an address on it, this is part of the legislation and it is very unlikely it will be changed, even more so as driving licenses are often used as a wider form of ID and removing the address would severely limit that. 

    Also, this board does not have contacts that can look into things, certainly nothing related to changes in legislation. 
  • DCFC79
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    edited 9 February 2022 at 8:59PM
    philmead said:
    Our daughter recently had her handbag snatched in the street by a  cyclist and when helping her sort out the card notifications etc we realised that her address is also in her wallet on her Driving License. This left her having to change locks as well.  It occurs to us how much of a security risk this is having the address on this document when all other cards etc do not. With the likelihood of house keys being in a bag it is an open invitation to add extra misery to an already upsetting scenario.  With your contacts could this be looked at?
     Thanks
    Phil Mead



    Hi Phil who would you like to look into it ?

    If you mean Martin well he doesn't own the site anymore let alone frequent it.
    You would need to contact him via social media so twitter for example.

    What would you like to be done ?
  • Andy_L
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    There's no need to carry your driving licence around with you - problem solved
  • lincroft1710
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    Addresses have been on driving licences for decades, back to the old "red card" type licence. So this is basically a lost cause. 
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  • cx6
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    Yes I think it is basically a bad idea to carry any form of address information around along with your house keys.

    If you think you need the licence for some reason then take a photo of it on your smartphone rather than carry it around.
  • Zinger549
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    cx6 said:
    Yes I think it is basically a bad idea to carry any form of address information around along with your house keys.

    If you think you need the licence for some reason then take a photo of it on your smartphone rather than carry it around.
    But if you're asked to show ID they might not accept a photo.

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  • cx6
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    Can't remember the last time I was asked to 'show ID' other than when I was expecting to be asked eg opening a new bank account in  branch, checking in for a flight etc
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    cx6 said:
    Can't remember the last time I was asked to 'show ID' other than when I was expecting to be asked eg opening a new bank account in  branch, checking in for a flight etc
    I assume you are therefore over 25.

    Under 25s, even those under 30 will regularly have to show ID to buy alcohol, lottery, cigerttes, etc.
  • cx6 said:
    Can't remember the last time I was asked to 'show ID' other than when I was expecting to be asked eg opening a new bank account in  branch, checking in for a flight etc
    I am in my thirties, in the last five years I have been asked for ID when buying beer in Sainsbury's and expensive wine in Waitrose, there is no way that I could be viewed as under 25. Not only do retailers now tend to have a Challenge 25 policy (up from 21), but many also do random spot checks as well as a matter of routine. I don't know anyone adult who doesn't carry a driving license now, I have carried one in my wallet for as long as I have had it. 
  • NBLondon
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     I don't know anyone adult who doesn't carry a driving license now, I have carried one in my wallet for as long as I have had it. 
    I have not carried my driving licence routinely for the last 20 years.  The folk at Sainsbury barely glance at me when checking I'm over 25.  Mind you, I'm in my early 50s with receding and greying hair   :/
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