Businesses: How will the end of the paper driving license affect you?

Since 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence is invalid and is no longer 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.

Vital information about if you or employees drive for a living can be found below:

Customers with existing paper counterparts

If you already hold a paper counterpart, since 8 June 2015 it no longer has any legal status. You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

Customers with paper driving licences

Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.

Penalty points (endorsements)

Since 8 June 2015 new penalty points (endorsements) are only recorded electronically, and won’t be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences. From this date, if you commit an offence you’ll still have to pay any applicable fine and submit your licence to the court but the way the court deals with the paperwork has changed.

For photocard licences, the court will retain the paper counterpart and only return the photocard to you.

For paper licences, the court will return it to you but they won’t have written or printed the offence details on it.

This means that since 8 June 2015 neither the photocard driving licence nor the paper licence provides an accurate account of any driving endorsements you may have. Instead, this information is held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be viewed online, by phone or post.

The courts are unable to respond to queries about the destruction of your paper counterpart. Any concerns about this process should be directed to DVLA.

Confirming your driving record to an employer

If you drive for a living and you’re asked to provide evidence of your driving record (entitlements and/or penalty points), you can do this online for free by accessing DVLA’s Share Driving Licence service. The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders. You can generate a ‘check code’ to pass to the person or organisation that needs to view your driving licence details.

Employers Responsibility:

As an employer it is your responsibility to ensure you and your drivers are correct insured. Photocopies of the paper license will no longer be valid and you will have to access DVLA’s Share Driving License service. As above, your employee must pass their information to your organisation for this to be checked as an ongoing process.

Remember, driving license photocards do not display points on the driver’s license – check before it’s too late!

If your employee cannot generate a code online then you can call 0300 083 0013 and DVLA will provide you with a code.

Alternatively you can call DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and leave permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person/organisation.

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