According to news reports, 2 million people are driving around with out of date and invalid driving licences. By the end of 2013 that figure could be closer to 5 million. Here’s why. Back in 1998 the government introduced what is commonly known as the ‘card licence.’ This replaced the ‘paper licence’ that had been in existence for donkeys years. The card licence improved upon the old version by introducing a photo ID and bringing our licence format in line with the rest of Europe.