End of the UK Paper Driving Licence: A complete guide

March 24, 2015

From 8th June 2015, the DVLA (Driving and vehicle licensing agency) will stop issuing the paper counterpart to the photo card driving licence. Here is what you need to know about these DVLA changes.

The UK Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency has announced that the existing paper counterpart driving licence will be scrapped and no longer issued, effective from the 8th June 2015.

Why are these changes being made?

It’s very tough to adopt any new system we are not used to. Many facets of motoring documentation is moving online, set to save the government an estimated £8 million. A joint venture called “MyLicence” between the DVLA and the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) has been launched where drivers can check their details online.

In October 2014, the DVLA announced a new electronic road tax system that took over the paper road tax disc. Road tax can now be paid online, over the phone or at your local post office. (You can see the full story on the New Car Road Tax Rule here.)


How will I update my personal details or existing licence?

From the 8th June, you will still be able to change your name and address online with the DVLA and you will only be issued with a photo card – no more paper driving licence.

Paper counterpartIf you have the old style paper driving licence, the next time you make any changes to or renew your licence you will be issued with a photo card as a replacement.


Where will penalty points get displayed?

Everything will be online, this means if you are caught by police, they can access your driving licence information electronically at the roadside via the Police National Computer.


How to check my driving licence details?

All driving licence details can be found online via the new View Driving licence service including any penalty points and what vehicles you can drive.


What about lease companies confirming my driving record?

If you are hiring or leasing a vehicle then you are typically asked to provide your driving licence. You will be able view and share your driving record online for free by accessing Share Driving licence service.

The new ‘Share Driving Licence’ is designed for those who have a business need for real-time access to the information.

Do not worry your driving licence details will not be public. It will be made available to those who have a right to see it, with the knowledge of the driving licence holder.

See the video from DVLA explaining how to use the new share a driving licence service:


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