Paper driving licences scrapped

paper driving licences

Old-fashioned UK paper driving licences are being scrapped by the DVLA as part of plans to digitise drivers’ records and simplify services

The paper counterpart of the two-part licence will be invalid from 8 June and should be destroyed – but drivers will still need to keep hold of their photocard.

The counterpart was introduced by DVLA to display licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include penalty points and endorsements.

After 8 June, drivers will be able to check these details online via the Shared Driving Licence service, on the phone or by post. If your business has a fleet of vehicles, employees will be able to provide evidence of driving records online too.

The new service enables drivers to create a licence check code so they can share their driving record with employers or car hire companies (previously drivers had to supply the paper counterpart of their licence if they wanted to hire a car when travelling abroad).

The code allows organisations to see to see part of the record, including the types of vehicle the person can drive, penalty points or disqualifications, their name and the last eight characters of the driving licence number. To receive a check code drivers will need to log on to the DVLA website. It will only remain vaild for 72 hours.

The decision to scrap paper driving licences is a result of the government’s Red Tape Challenge and the changes are expected to save the government around £8m.

Paper driving licences issued before 1998 will remain valid. The changes to will not affect photocard licences issued by the Driver and Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland.

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Hannah Baker

Hannah Baker

Hannah Baker is deputy editor at Think Publishing. Previously she worked as a features writer and sub-editor for Director magazine

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