The End of the Paper Licence


From the 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to UK driving licences have been consigned to history. All new licences issued from this date will be photo-cards only, and the information that used to be recorded on the counterpart, will now be stored on the DVLA’s online database. It will be possible to share your DVLA licence details with others by obtaining a code, valid for 72 hours, from the online site.

This change may cause teething problems, in particular with hire-car companies abroad, who may be expecting presentation of the paper licence. In this holiday season, it may be very worthwhile to plan ahead with this change in mind, and make enquiries with your chose hire-car company before you travel.

The police will be able to access the DVLA database electronically at the roadside via the Police National Computer and all endorsements of penalty points or disqualification will be recorded electronically after any court proceedings. It will continue to be very important to maintain up to date information on your driver record, including your up to date address, and it still remains an offence if the details recorded are incorrect – failure to do so carries a fine of up to £1000. If you require any specific advice in relation to driving licences or any other motoring matters please do not hesitate to contact our motoring team.

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