Thursday, 28 January 2010

And now the driving licence has come

I've got both of my key ID documents now. The licence arrived this morning. And yes, it too sports the female indicator! This is more subtly shown than on the passport. I expect you know what it is, but if not I'll explain. It's in the Driver Number. If the second numeral is a 0 or a 1, you are male; if it is a 5 or a 6, then you are female. Thus my Driver Number begins MELFO55... - the second figure 5 tells anyone examining the licence that I am female. So the policeman won't have to say 'I'm afraid you'll have to accompany me to the station, sir'. It'll be a warm smile, a smart salute, a friendly 'That's quite all right then, Miss!', and hopefully a full police escort through the gridlocked rush-hour traffic.


  1. TheDo you have to show a bit of leg as well!

    Caroline XXX

  2. Congratulations, and good luck on getting the escort :)


  3. I didn't know they did that with the numbers. We have the same thing with social security numbers, but I have no sex because I was born in another country.

    It will be interesting to see if you notice a difference in the way you are treated. Though I hope you never have to have your licence checked by the police.

  4. yay!.....

    Nice one, petal!


  5. Are you going to test the water and put this idea of ypurs into action with the police? They'ld prob just look at the picture and i'm sure most will know about the number but subsequently forgotten about it lol.
    It does make a difference doesn't it, another step,
    Pleased for you lucy
    J x

  6. Anji, just because you were born abroad surely you can have some fun, especially in France!

    Caroline XXX

  7. Congratulations Lucy! Another item off the checklist. That is certainly subtle. My license has the letter right in the center of it. Curious though, because I am no longer "M"arried.

  8. Thank you all. It IS nice to hear of someone who has managed to secure a passport and a driving licence with the correct gender indicators on them - plain good news in fact - but I didn't expect quite this interest!

    I had a test drive this afternoon - I'll post something on the outcome shortly - and I first had to show my licence to the Sales Manager at Volvos. Imagine my profound satisfaction as I casually passed over the new 'female' Lucy Melford licence!



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