Scrapping of the counterpart driving licence

May 19, 2015   //   No Comments

From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid, so how will employers be able to confirm an employee’s driving record?

From 8 June 2015 new penalty points (endorsements) will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences. From this date, people committing an offence will still have to pay any applicable fine and submit their licence to the court but the way the court deals with the paperwork will change.  For photocard licences, the court will retain the paper counterpart and only return the photocard. For paper licences, the court will return the licence but it won’t have written or printed the offence details on it.

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. Instead, this information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be checked online, by phone or post.  The free View Driving Licence service lets an individual see what details are on their licence.

After 8 June 2015 an employer may check driving records on the DVLA’s Share Driving Licence Service for free. This is currently being developed but will be ready before the counterpart is abolished. The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders and will also allow users to download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared.

From 8 June 2015, if someone is asked for evidence of what vehicles they can drive or confirmation of any penalty points when hiring a car, they will be able to request a unique code from GOV.UK which will allow them to share driving licence details or to download a summary of their driving licence record. The code will last for up to 72 hours and will allow the hire companies to make any necessary checks. This request may also be made by calling 0300 083 0013.

Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.