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Driving: Licensing

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fraudulent applications for driving licences have been detected by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the last five years. (276821)

The following table provides the number of suspect driving licence applications detected by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the last four financial years:

Number

2005-06

1,906

2006-07

2,679

2007-08

2,948

2008-09

2,601

This information was not collated prior to 2005.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many photographic driving licences issued to applicants have subsequently been withdrawn on the basis of (a) fraud and (b) ineligibility of the applicant in each of the last five years. (276822)

This information is not held in the requested format. The following table provides the total number of driving licences (paper and photocard) withdrawn in the last three full financial years, the applications having been found to have been suspect.

Number

2006-07

849

2007-08

1,348

2008-09

1,303

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fake photographic driving licences have been recovered by (a) the police, (b) the UK Border Agency and (c) HM Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years; and how many such licences were obtained using a (i) fake passport and (ii) passport obtained by fraudulent means. (276823)

The police, UK Border Agency and HM Revenue and Customs do not have statistics relating to the number of false driving licences seized.

The following table provides the number of fake driving licences referred to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) after recovery by the police in the last three years. These figures refer to counterfeit documents, not issued by DVLA and therefore would not have relied on examination of supporting identity documents.

Forged photocard licence

Forged counterpart

2006

205

5

2007

104

4

2008

94

4