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Keep your licence safe

With a replacement driving licence costing £20, drivers wasted close to £19 million last year by forking out on new motoring IDs due to misplaced or damaged licences. As 80 per cent of motorists carry their plastic card with them every day, the advice from the DVLA is to leave your licence safe at home. You don’t need to carry it with you at all times as it’s not a legal requirement, simply keep it filed in a safe place as you need it to prove you can drive. If you’re stopped by the police, an officer can ask to see your driving licence, insurance certificate and MOT certificate. If you don’t have these documents with you, you have seven days to take them to a police station. You’re only breaking the law if you don’t show the requested documents within the allocated seven-day period.