All applicants for a driving licence, irrespective of nationality, are required to meet the conditions specified in section 97 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, in order for the Secretary of State to grant a licence.
Section 97(1)(b) of the Act requires an applicant to provide the Secretary of State with such evidence or further evidence in support of the application as the Secretary of State may require.
Details of acceptable identity documents and photograph criteria can be found on www.direct.gov.gov.uk/motoring.
The Council of the European Union adopted its common position on the proposed Directive on driving licences on 18 September 2006. The United Kingdom abstained from the vote on the common position, as it did from the vote on political agreement in March 2006 and for the same reasons.
At the time of the political agreement, the UK requested a minutes statement as follows in order to record the reasons for its abstention:
"The UK abstains. It continues to believe that the measures proposed for staged access to motorcycles for younger riders are too complex and too rigid, and that they are likely to achieve little if any improvement in road safety. The UK therefore has proposed amendments to reduce the complexity and increase the flexibility of these measures at key points. It expresses disappointment that the Council has found it impossible to reach agreement on such amendments."