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  • Important changes to UK driving licence

    Jun 04, 2015, 09:26
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    From 8 June 2015 the DVLA will stop issuing the paper counterpart to the photocard UK driving licence as it cuts the amount of documents motorists need to carry when travelling both in the UK and abroad. From that date the information about an individual’s driving history, including endorsements, etc, will only be accessible directly from the DVLA.

    After 8 June 2015 counterparts will no longer have any legal status and should be destroyed. Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed. Providing all of the details on photocard are up to date, there is no reason for an individual to apply for a photocard version of his or her driving licence.

    For the UK car rental industry the paper counterpart has always been important thing holding all of motorist's driving information, such as how many penalty points he or she has and when they expire, as well as information on the types of vehicles he or she is permitted to drive. This information can now be found on the back of a photocard or on DVLA website that allows motorist to view his or her driving record online.

    Because the DVLA has decided that rental companies cannot access a customer’s driving licence data direct it has developed an online system for the individual to obtain a code that can then be used by the rental company to check the licence. The code – valid for 72 hours — will be accessible from the DVLA’s ‘Share Driving Licence’ service which goes live on May 19th 2015 on the DVLA’s website.

    Car rental customers simply input their driving licence number, National Insurance number and home postcode to generate the code which they then give to a rental company when collecting their vehicle.

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