June 2015 – saying goodbye to the driving licence

They’ve been arodriving licenceund since 1903 and form part of our driving history; however from 8 June 2015 the historic counterpart of a driving licence will be phased out by the DVLA.

The DVLA continues to modernise its operations by digitalising its records and cutting down on unnecessary costs.  The change follows the abolition of the paper tax disc back in October 2014 – what will be next?

What are the changes?

Photocard driving licence holders:

When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart, you should destroy yours but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

Paper driving licence holders (those issued before 1998):

These will remain valid, and should not be destroyed; however the next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

From 8 June 2015 endorsements/penalty points will no longer be recorded on these driving licences. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can checked online, by phone or post.

Organisations and businesses that check the driving licence counterpart:

DVLA is developing new digital enquiry services for launch later this year that will allow organisations and businesses (such as employers and car hire companies) to view information they can currently see on the driving licence counterpart.

Driving licence information via these services will only be made available to those who have a right to see it, and with the knowledge of the driving licence holder.

This change will be significant but the reality is that many people no longer have or use a paper counterpart.

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