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Drivers spent nearly £20m replacing licences in 2017

More than 930,000 drivers’ licences were lost in 2017, costing motorists around £19m in total to replace.

Drivers spent around £19m on replacement licences last year.

Drivers spent around £19m on replacement licences last year.

The figures from the DVLA show that eight out of 10 people on average carry their driving licence with them, with younger drivers far more likely to choose to carry their licence with them (87%). The older a driver gets the more likely they are to keep their licence at home.

Dudley Ashford, drivers service manager at DVLA, said: “While you don’t legally have to carry your licence with you when driving, you need to have a licence in case you need to prove you can drive. So we’d recommend keeping your licence safe and secure at all times – perhaps storing it in one safe place along with other important documents.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.