If you have a photocard licence, the paper counterpart that goes with it is being abolished from the middle of If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, you will also get the Union Flag displayed on it — alongside the EU standard — when you come to renew or apply for a new licence. However, those in Northern Ireland will not be included in the scheme.
When is this happening? The changes take have been postponed from from the original start date of January 1, and will now come into effect on June 8, Do I need to do anything? Luckily, this does not require any direct action from you — providing your licence details are all up to date and correct. I have an old-style pink or green paper licence — going? These remain perfectly legal. When they run out you will get a new photocard, though, but until then there is no need to change.
If you do want to upgrade, though, this can be done for free if changing your address, name or adding an entitlement. How can I see information about my licence now? The paper counterpart of your driving licence can be used to tell you how many penalty points you have, when they expire, what classes of vehicles you can drive and when the licence itself will need replacing.
See your details here What about employers or car hire firms who need to see this information, too? The information will only be provided with the knowledge of the licence holder.
How can I change my address? The paper counterpart allows you to change your address, so abolishing it will remove the ability to do this. In fact, many motorists will find the change helpful by cutting the amount of documents they need to carry while travelling both in the UK and abroad.
Use the carousel or find a full guide beneath. Without this code, you could lose your hire car booking. Are you planning to hire a car for your holiday this summer? All you need to know here Driving licence changes coming into effect at the start of the holiday season could cause chaos for travellers picking up hire cars in foreign countries. What has this got to do with my holiday hire car: The DVLA is axing the paper counterpart that currently accompanies your driving licence photocard.
These will cease to have legal standing from June 8. But how does this affect collecting my holiday hire car: The paper counterpart contains information on penalty points and other traffic offences that hire companies want to check before letting you loose with their car. This switch to a fully digital system is likely to make it harder for hire firms to check your driving record — and some local overseas firms might not even know the change is coming.
So how will hire car companies check my record: How long does the code last for: Is there any other way: However, some motoring organisations are concerned firms could be reluctant to accept this. What if I forget to get an access code or to download a PDF: No, the DVLA spokesman assured us that the system will have an associated phone number for drivers to call and obtain a code.
I have the old-style paper licence — is that okay: Yes, old-style paper licences are still legal and providing they are up to date, should be accepted at the hire desk as proof of your driving record. However, if you need to update and details — such as address or endorsements — you will have it replaced with a new-style photocard and not paper counterpart, of course.
How to get your code to share licence details with hire car companies So can you quicky run this by me again: Yes — just do the following… Online: Click this tab once logged in to the view my licence section to generate a code for hire car companies 3.
You will then be able to generate a code to share with hire car firms when you arrive at your holiday destination. Remember, it now lasts for 21 days and not 72 hours. Click here to log in using your personal details. You can also use the following methods to get you code… Print: Logon to the DVLA site, as above, then download and print a copy of your record to give to the hire car company. Please allow plenty of time for this request to be processed.
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