Driving licence changes

March 17, 2015   //   No Comments

From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.

The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points.  This changes doesn’t affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.

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

From 8 June 2015 penalty points (endorsements) will no longer be shown on driving licence. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be checked online, by phone or post.  You may check your the details on your licence, including what vehicles you can drive and any penalty points you may have at the DVLA’s website.  After 8 June 2015 if you are hiring a vehicle or you drive for a living and you are asked to provide evidence of your driving record, you will be able to do this online for free by accessing the Share Driving Licence service. This service is currently in development but will be available before the counterpart is abolished. The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders and will also allow you to download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared.

The decision to abolish the counterpart was as a result of the government’s Red Tape Challenge consultation on road transportation. It also aligns to DVLA’s Strategic Plan which includes commitment to simplifying our services.