What they mean and why we should take them more seriously


On the back of a UK driving licence are a number of codes listed under section 12 which if not taken seriously could land you in hot water with the law, not to mention a hefty fine and penalty points.

But what do they actually mean and why should we take them more seriously?

There’s a lot of information related to the owner of a driving licence on the front such as their name and address, date of birth and when their licence is up for renewal but what a lot of driver’s fail to take into account and understand is the information on the back of a standard UK driving licence, particularly the codes that appear under section 12.

There’s all sorts of reasons why you could land yourself in trouble with the law relating to your licence. For instance, if you fail to update your address or don’t replace the photo when it goes out of date, you could receive a hefty fine of up to £1,000.

What they mean and why we should take them more seriously

Ignoring the codes on the back of your driving licence could land you in hot water


But what a lot of driver’s don’t know is that you could face a fine because of the ‘hidden codes’ detailed on the back of your driving licence.

On the back, under Section 12, are listed ‘information codes’ related to what kind of vehicles you can and cannot drive and whether there’s any restrictions applied.

The type of codes that appear in section 12 generally range from weight restrictions of your car’s trailer to possible medical conditions that you as a driver may suffer from.

So for example, if you’ve declared to the DVLA that you you suffer from issues with your eyes and need to wear glasses or contact lenses to drive, the code ’01’ will be there in section 12 next to the car icon on your licence, or if you have to wear hearing/communication aid then code ’02’ would be shown.

Ignoring these codes on the back of your licence could land you in trouble with the police if caught. If you’ve declared that you need to wear glasses or contact lenses when driving but are caught doing so without, then you could be handed an on-the-spot fine of £100 and if the case goes to court this could increase to 50% of your weekly wage, however fine’s are capped at £1,000.

The best advice to avoid being fined is to get to know and understand all the information that appears on your driving licence, including what’s on the back.


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