Driving license changes take effect today

(Last Updated On: June 8, 2015)

From today, the paper counterpart to your photocard driving license is no longer valid. The DVLA will no longer issue the counterpart.

The paper counterpart was introduced alongside the photo card driving licence in 1998 to include details that could not be included on the card itself, such as any endorsements and which category of vehicles people are entitled to drive.

There is no change to the current photocard license.

Any paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998, will remain valid but if you need to update anything (name address etc) it will be replaced with a photocard license.

Details of penalty points will no longer be shown but can be accessed from the DVLA – online, by phone or via post.

Motoring experts have warned this could cause confusion for people hiring cars either here or abroad. Drivers will need to generate a code so third parties can access their records online. The code will only last for 72 hours.

You can find the official guidelines on the website www.gov.uk/government/news/vehicle-tax-changes


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