Do you carry your driver’s license with you in your wallet every single day? People don’t realize that there are multiple benefits to carrying your driver’s license with you other than having it on you to avoid a fine if stopped and asked to produce your license. Let’s have a look at the 8 reasons why Drivio believes your driver’s license in the most important thing in your wallet.
1. Your license identifies you as a legal licensed driver
Of course one of the most important reasons is for the law enforcement to identify that you have legally obtained your driver’s license and you are legally allowed to operate a motor vehicle. Everyone knows that if you are pulled over by a police officer and you cannot produce your license you will receive a heavy fine. Think of it this way – without your license in your wallet you have no right to operate a vehicle on a public road.
2. Your license serves as official personal I.D.
With all the fraud and identity theft that our country is unfortunately riddled with we are often asked to prove that you are who you say you are. Further to that if you are wanting to open an account, apply for a loan, apply for government benefit or even enter a complex that has security you need to produce identification. A current driver’s license is a universally accepted form of personal identification because it displays your personal information and a picture of you that officials can compare to the person who is presenting it as their idenitification.
3. Lost and Found
Ah man – losing your wallet or phone is just the worst feeling ever right? The hassle of now applying for a whole bunch of new cards, losing all your business cards AND on top of that you now have to take half a day off work to go an apply for a new driver’s license. Worst!! But…. if you lose your wallet and a good samaritan picks it up they can determine the owners name and try identify them through a number of channels one example being Facebook.
4. Other drivers and possible incidents occuring
If you are met with an accident and you do not have your driver’s license on you – this is not a favorable position to find yourself in. It could affect the outcome of your case should you need to claim from your insurance or the other party. It is stressful enough being in an accident, don’t put yourself in a worse position by not carrying your all important driver’s license on you.
5. Identifying that you are an Organ Donor
In South Africa once you have been accepted as an Organ Donor you receive a little sticker that you are asked to put on your drivers license. If you pass away unexpectedly (touch wood) then the paramedics will know if your organs can be harvested for transplants by looking for the universal organ donor sticker displayed on your driver’s license. Good on you!
6. Purchasing Alcohol and Tobacco
You sure better have your license ready if you are planning on purchasing any of the above. Cashiers are trained to accept only official and current driver’s licenses as proof of age and identification when consumers attempt to purchase these age restricted substances.
7. Travel I.D.
If you are travelling within South Africa, all airlines require you to display your driver’s license with your boarding pass before you board. You can use your official I.D. document but why carry an extra document when you can just produce your valid driver’s license?
8. It allows paramedics to identify you if you are involved in an accident
If you are badly injured in an accident of any sort, not just a car accident, and cannot communicate with the paramedics they will search your wallet specifically for your drivers license to identify who you are. Further to that this will help the hospital obtain crucial information of your medical aid and contact your family members to inform them of your accident. You really do not ever want to find yourself in the position of being unidentified due to no I.D. on you, please!
So never underestimate the importance of always carrying your driver’s license on you – at all times!! And remember that if it gets lost or stolen make it a priority to apply as soon as possible for a new one – everyday that you don’t have your driver’s license on you is a risk.