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(Sep 25, 2012) Finland Is to Introduce New Fixed-Term Driving Licence, HELSINGIN SANOMAT (Sept. 17, 2012).)

Finland has chosen to adopt the longest permissible periods of license validity under the Directive, which prescribes, for example, that licenses for vehicles such as passenger cars are to have an administrative validity of ten years, but that an EU Member State may choose to issue such licenses with a 15-year term of validity. To renew their licenses, drivers will not be required to take a driving test or driving lessons. (Id.; Directive 2006/126/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on Driving Licences (Recast) (Text with EEA relevance), 2006 O.J. (L 403) 18–60; Memo: The European Driving Licence: Ensuring Security, Safety and Free Movement (Mar. 27, 2006), European Commission website.)

Although the size and pink background color of the license will remain the same, certain design features will change on the new license. The layout of the information will be different, and there will be a hologram image in which the holder's photograph and birth date alternate. The hologram, together with the elimination of a barcode that carries the license holder's social security number, are deemed to make the new licenses safer to use than the existing ones. At this stage of the licensing reform, Finns who already hold valid licenses will reportedly not have to change them. (Finland Is to Introduce New Fixed-Term Driving Licence, supra.)

Author: Wendy Zeldin More by this author
Topic: Motor vehicles More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Finland More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 09/25/2012