Abolition of the paper counterpart of the UK Driving Licence
Tuesday, 17th February,2015
From 8 June 2015, the photocard licence counterpart 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 current endorsements/penalty points.
Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.
How can you check your driving licence details?
You can now view your driving licence details for free online at: www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence
So what do the changes mean for drivers?
- Drivers do not need to do anything; they just keep their current photocard driving licence.
- We are not abolishing paper driving licences issued before we introduced the photocard in 1998, and any driver who holds this type of licence should keep it and not destroy it.
- From 8 June 2015 the licence (whether photocard or paper) will remain the official document that shows what vehicles a person can drive; but the driver record held by DVLA will be the only legal source of penalty point endorsements.
- From 8 June 2015 paper driving licences will no longer be annotated with endorsements.
- Drivers can check the most up to date information on their driving record online, by phone or post
- The next time a driver needs to update their name, address or renew their licence, we will issue them with a photocard only.
- Entitlements, penalty points and the status of their driving licence won’t change.