From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points.
Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.
How will this affect you when hiring a car?
After 8 June 2015, if you are hiring a vehicle and you are asked to provide evidence of your driving record (entitlements and/or penalty points), you will be able to do this online for free by accessing the DVLA's Share Driving Licence service. The DVLA have produced a video showing the process (see below).
This service is currently in development but will be available before the counterpart is abolished. The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders and will also allow you to download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared.
Alternatively you can call DVLA and give permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person/organisation.
How to prove your driving record after 8 June 2015
From 8 June 2015, you may wish to check with the hire company what they need to see when you hire a vehicle.
If you are asked for evidence of what vehicles you can drive or confirmation of any penalty points, you will be able to request a unique code from GOV.UK which will allow you to share your driving licence details or you can download a summary of your driving licence record.
The code will be valid for up to 72 hours and will allow the hire companies to make any necessary checks. You can also request a code by calling 0300 083 0013. This also applies if you have a paper licence that was issued before 1998.
The code is only valid for 72 hours and failure to produce the online code could result in the car hire firm calling the DVLA’s premium rate line (charged at up to £3 a minute) to check the driver’s status.
Not all vehicle hire companies will ask for this information and we advise that you check with your hire company.
Industry insiders have advised renters to follow the DVLA instructions but at the very least to take their national insurance number and a PDF copy of their driving history with them to try and avoid disruption.