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Links to documents:
Access this URL (http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/@motor/documents/digitalasset/dg_4011281.pdf)Your photocard driving licence explained[Link to copy hosted by Gov.uk]
Download this file (dg_4011281.pdf)Your photocard driving licence explained[Archive copy hosted by UK Trans Info]

Brief Summary

In order to change your name and gender on your UK driving licence you do not need to do anything special but should just follow the standard process for changing your name and photo. However the gender marker on a driving licence is not obvious and it may not be immediately obvious if it has been changed. This document includes an explanation of how your gender is recorded as part of your driver number.

Explanation by UK Trans Info

Your driver number is shown in space number 5 on your driving licence. The first five characters are usually the first five letters of your surname, so for Joe Bloggs the first five characters would be BLOGG. If your surname is less than five characters long then it is made up to five characters using the number 9, so for Jane Doe the first five characters would be DOE99.

The next six characters represent your date of birth but the year is split up giving the unusual format YMMDDY. Therefore a person with a male driving licence that was born on 5th July 1964 would have the next six characters be 607054. However, a person with a female driving licence gets 50 added onto the month so a person with a female driving licence that was born on 5th July 1964 would have the next six characters be 657054. That single digit is the gender marker on a driving licence - it will be 0 or 1 for male and 5 or 6 for female.

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