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Abolition of Paper Counterpart License

Abolition of Paper Counterpart License

Updates and advice to motorists on abolition of the counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

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. 

If you already hold a paper counterpart, after 8 June 2015 it will no longer have any legal status. Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.

If you need to update your nameaddress or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

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

After 8 June 2015 if you are hiring a vehicle or you drive for a living 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 our Share Driving Licence service. 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.


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