Following the scrapping of the paper tax disc, the DVLA has now ditched the paper ‘counterpart’ driving licence from today.
Despite this change, many motorists are still unaware that they will now need to access an online ‘share driving licence’ service to print off their details or get a unique code every time they hire a car or require proof of their licence.
Meanwhile, those who pass their tests from now on will simply receive the plastic card section of the licence. This change comes as the DVLA attempts to make its services more efficient.
With the demise of the paper licence, which used to hold details of any penalty points or past driving convictions a motorist had received, this information will now be available online, with drivers able to print off their details as and when needed.
We very much hope people will not be caught unawares, especially if they don't want a nasty surprise when arriving to collect their car at the start of their holiday.
Should motorists receive any further penalty points, they will have to hand over their photocard licence temporarily to have these added.
The scrapping of the paper licence will also make hiring a car more tricky, with rental firms not considering the photocard alone sufficient proof of ID or driving history. Drivers wishing to hire a car will now have to log onto the DVLA website – up to 72 hours before renting a vehicle – and obtain a ‘check code’, which companies can then use to confirm their details.
To access this code motorists will have to enter their driving licence number, national insurance number and post code where their licence is registered. Individual codes can be used just once, with drivers allowed to request up to five in any 72-hour period.
Talking about the new rules, Sarah Sillars, chief executive offices of the Institute of Advanced Motorists told the Press Association: "The onus is very much on the individual to obtain the information they need beforehand. So we very much hope people will not be caught unawares, especially if they don't want a nasty surprise when arriving to collect their car at the start of their holiday."