DVLA Changes Need for Paper Counterpart to Driving Licence


DVLA Changes Need for Paper Counterpart to Driving Licence

From today, 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA so points endorsements will no longer be available in the same way as before.

The DVLA advise that you should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.  Paper driving licences, i.e. those issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.

Penalty points (endorsements) will now only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences. From now on, if you commit an offence you will still have to pay any applicable fine and submit your licence to the court but the way the court deals with the paperwork will change.  This means that from 8 June 2015 neither the photocard driving licence nor the paper licence will provide an accurate account of any driving endorsements you may have. Instead, this information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be viewed online or via post.  The DVLA has a free View Driving Licence service that lets you see what details are on your licence, including which vehicles you are permitted to drive and any penalty points that you may have.

For operators who used to carry out regular checks of their drivers’ counterparts to monitor categories of vocational entitlement and expiry dates, and endorsements, you can use the DVLA’s free Check driving Licence service to check the licence using the code provided by the driver. With the driver’s consent you can view the details on a driving licence, including the vehicle categories they’re entitled to drive and any endorsements or penalty points. This service also gives you the option to print or save a copy of the information.

Further information for companies or employers who need to use the new service can log onto the DVLA website where there is a step by step guide.  You can make a check by phone if you don’t have a check code to use with the online service but you will need to ask the driver you’re doing the check on to call DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and leave permission for the check, before you phone for the information.

If you would like any further help or advice on this new arrangement then please call 01279 818280.