Driving Licence Changes

DVLA will no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

Driving Licence Changes

By The Acclaim Team on 27th May 2015 in News

Changes to the UK Driving Licence

From 8 June 2015, the DVLA will no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.  This will mean from this date, existing paper counterparts will no longer be valid and the DVLA is advising drivers to destroy their counterpart paper driving licences. However drivers who hold a paper only driving licence (which were issued before the photocard licence was introduced in 1998) remain valid and should not be destroyed.

Customers with existing paper counterparts.

If you already hold a paper counterpart, after 8 June 2015, it will no longer be legal. You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

If you need to update your driving licence, i.e. change of name or address etc. or when you renew your driving licence, you will be issued with a photocard licence only.

Customers with paper driving licences.

Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.

If you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

What Happens If You Get Any Penalty Points?

From this licence change on the 8 June new penalty points will not be added to driving licences. From this date, 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.

For photocard licences, the court will retain the old paper counterpart and only return the photocard to you. if you have a paper licence only, the court will return it to you but they won’t have written or entered the offence details on the driving licence.

This means that from 8 June 2015 neither the photocard or the paper driving licence will provide an accurate account of any driving endorsements you may have on your driving  licence. Instead, this information will be held on the  DVLA’s driver record, and can be checked on-line or by post.

How do you confirm your driving licence record to an employer, or when hiring a vehicle.

After this change if you are hiring a vehicle, or you drive company vehicles and you are asked to provide evidence of your driving record (entitlements and/or penalty points), you will be able to do this online at a new Government website https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

You will also be able to call the DVLA and give them permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated a person or organisation.

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