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DVLA to scrap paper counterpart - how will this affect you?

Posted on May 08,2015 by Laura Varley
DVLA to scrap paper counterpart - how will this affect you?On the 8th June 2015, the DVLA will scrap the paper counterpart of the UK driving licence. This means that car rental suppliers will no longer be able to check them for endorsements (penalty points), as they will only be recorded electronically.

DVLA to scrap paper counterpart - how will this affect you?On the 8th June 2015, the DVLA will scrap the paper counterpart of the UK driving licence. This means that car rental suppliers will no longer be able to check them for endorsements (penalty points), as they will only be recorded electronically.

The DVLA has stated that car rental companies will be able to check driver details via its free online Share Driving Licence service, which will be available before the paper counterpart is abolished. However, in case there are problems with the service, drivers should take precautions to ensure they can still present the required information at the rental desk.

Before you go on holiday, we recommend that you obtain proof of any endorsements you have. To do this, visit the DVLA website to view your driving licence information and print it out. You'll need your driving licence number, your National Insurance number and your postcode.

Even if you know you do not have any endorsements, it is vital to do the above, as you'll need to present it to us along with your photocard driving licence when you come to pick up the car.

We also recommend that you take a note of your National Insurance number and take it with you, just in case you need to access your driving details unexpectedly.

If the DVLA successfully launches its Share Driving Licence service on-time, you should be able to generate a one-time code that will allow the car rental company to access the details - check the DVLA website nearer the 8th June for more details.

Laura Varley

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