A few months ago, my increasingly-tatty paper driving licence finally fell to bits. It had already been repaired with tape, so I thought it was time to get a new all-singing-and-dancing photo-id license. It would be easy to keep in my wallet – unlike the paper license – and I would have it wherever I go.
It took a little longer than it should, because although I had already informed the DVLA of my sleep apnoea many years ago, it appeared to be a complete revelation to them when I made the medical declaration on the form this time; which meant they had to write to my GP and Consultant again, and wait for a reply.
Today, I got two envelopes from the DVLA. One was a letter saying they were pleased to tell me I was still considered fit to drive, and my license would be with me in 14 days. Huzzah!
The second was my license. “Quick work”, I thought, as I opened the envelope and and pulled out my plastic photo-license and the huge “Counterpart Driving License”, which informs me “The photocard and paper counterpart should be kept together. Both must be produced when required”.
So, what is the point? I am no better off than before, except I now have two things to lose or misplace!