European Driving License
The European driving licence is a driving licence replacing the many driving licence styles already in use in the member states of the EU and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. They were introduced to replace the 110 different plastic and paper driving licences of the 300 million drivers in the EU. The main objective of the licence is to decrease the risk of fraud and improve security protection. The document will be renewable every 10 or 15 years depending on the member state.
Fake driving licences are a licence to kill, the new licence card is easy to read, easy to understand and very difficult to falsify. The European driving licence, carrying standard-format information recognisable and easy to read by officials in all member states, can also be adapted to incorporate national symbols as decided by each member state. One advantage for drivers is less red tape when they move to live in a different EU country, thanks to a European electronic data exchange system between national administrations.
The system also makes it harder for drivers banned in one country to carry on diving undetected in another.