Why does the government (or at least the state government of Alabama) insist on calling the permit that everyone I’ve ever heard calls a “driver’s license” a “driver license”? Every official document I’ve seen referring to them calls it a driver license, but I can’t fathom why. Is there a reason for this, or it just pointless nitpicking in an attempt to be “correct”? (The question is prompted by the fact that I got mine today, by the way.)
Drawing from my experience working with transportation authorities, I would guess that the papers and licenses themselves probably derive the term from the authorizing legislation; so if the Alabama legislature called it a “Driver license” in the law, it ends up being called that. My Ontario “Driver’s Licence” takes its name from the Drivers and Vehicles Act, where in fact the term “Driver’s Licence” is specifically defined.
So I think it likely goes back to whomever wordsmithed the law of the state. If they’d happened to type it “Driver’s License” you’d have that on your license. Kind of random, I’d say.
Really? I’ve rarely hear it called anything but “driver’s license” in Northern California. Like they will usually ask to see your license when you try to buy beer. Or a new employer will ask you to bring in your birth certificate and driver’s license. I don’t have a license, but I do hold a California ID, so I notice these things.
Never heard it called any thing but a license. I think of a driver’s permit, as what you get as a temperoray learner’s license, after you pass the written but before you take the behind the wheek test.
He’s saying that no one, in daily conversation, uses the word “driver” before the word “license.” Instead, they use the word “driver’s” before the word “license.” Many governments, however, use the word “driver” before the word “license,” in defiance of common usage and common sense.