Important Changes to The Driving Licence

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Paper Counterpart

From the 8th of June 2015 the DVLA will stop issuing the paper counterpart (D740) to the photocard driving licence. 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 current endorsements/penalty points.

How can you check your driving licence details?

You can now view your driving licence details for free online at

Customers with existing counterparts

If you already hold a counterpart, after the 8th of June 2015 it will not longer have any legal status. You should destroy your counterpart after this date.

Customers with paper driving licences

Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.

Confirming your driving record to an employer or when hiring a vehicle

Should you need to prove the status of your licence and/or details of any endorsements (penalty points) the DVLA has developed a new free 24/7 online service. This service, which will be available in the Spring 2015, should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders. The service will also allow you to download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared.

Just visit and follow the “Share Your Licence” instructions.

Alternatively you can call the DVLA and leave permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person/organisation.

So how do you hire a vehicle after the 8th of June?

As of the 8th of June the DVLA will introduce a brand new system called “Share My Driving Licence” which will eliminate the need to present the paper part of your licence to our rental staff. This service will require you to download an access code that you bring along with you to the branch when collecting your vehicle. By giving the staff member your access code you are granting permission for them to log in to the DVLA and view your licence details.

Remember also to bring along one other form of ID which will prove you live at the address on your driving licence, such as a utility bill dated within the last three months.

The access code will only be valid for 72 hours and can only be used once. This means that you must log in and get your code no earlier than two days before you are due to collect your vehicle.

When hiring a vehicle you must still bring along the photocard part of your driving licence.