UK paper driving licence abolished: what it means for you

Driving licence photocard and counterpartThe UK paper counterpart driving licence is to be abolished from 8 June 2015. Here’s what you need to know about the driving licence changes

The UK paper counterpart driving licence is to be scrapped on June 8 2015 but there remains confusion surrounding its upcoming departure.

The paper driving licence will no longer be issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) so when you renew or change your address on your licence after June 8th, only a new photocard will be sent back.

But motoring organisations are warning drivers about the problems the end of the paper licence could cause to hiring a car abroad or test driving potential new buys.

Post paper licence car hire problems

Currently, the green section of paper is required mainly for hiring cars but it will no longer be valid from June 8th. Instead, anyone wanting to hire a car while traveling abroad will need a special code to show endorsable convictions like speeding.

To get a code, drivers will need to log on to the DVLA website but be warned, the code you’re given will only valid for 72 hours. If you want to hire a car more than three days into a trip, you’ll need to generate a new code while abroad. If you don’t have access to internet, the DVLA will make a phone number available.

The counterpart removal is part of a major “red tape” abolition policy by Government motoring agencies with many facets moving online, saving an estimated £8 million. MyLicence – a joint venture between the DVLA and the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) – has been launched allowing drivers to check their details online.

More Information: Goverment Site

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