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I got my driving license or I got my driver's license.

Which is correct?

This article says Driver's license is correct, while it seems to me someone is saying that he has the license of his/her driver.

To me, a driving license makes more sense, it means that I got my license to drive. I am not a native and my major is not English, I hope someone can guide me. Thanks.

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The possessive "driver's" is correct.

It isn't "[my driver's] license", the license that belongs to my driver; rather it's "my [driver's license]", the license that the state gives to any driver, and this one is mine.

You'll see this a lot with licenses. A trucker's license, a pilot's license, and so on. The license belongs to a driver, a trucker, a pilot. And since I have one, that makes me legally a driver, a trucker, or a pilot.

That said, "driving license" is also correct and completely normal to say. You can also have a hunting license, a scuba diving license, or a teaching license.

Both are correct and acceptable in normal usage.

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As a British person, I've heard both. If I had to choose, I probably have a preference for driver's license. The word driver is being used very generally; it's not referring anyone in particular; it's just a license that drivers have. And in the phrase "my driver's license," I naturally recognise "driver's license" as a single object so "my driver's license" is the license that I have. I think that just comes from hearing the phrase a lot.

If I actually tried to say "my driver's license" meaning the license belonging to my driver, I think it would take some gesturing or extra stress on the words "my driver" to somehow communicate that I'm talking about someone else because it's unusual. It's not what the person I'm talking to would expect. The easiest thing to say in that situation might be "the license of my driver"/"the license that my driver has" instead.

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