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Driving licence changes - what it means for motorists

Posted by:AutoMoney

Driving licence changesAs of the 8th June 2015, the DVLA are changing the way that the driving licence will be issued. From this date, the paper counterpart will no longer be issued, instead there will only be the plastic photocard. Originally introduced to be a place to store information that cannot be added to the photo card, such as fines and penalty points, the decision has been made to move all of this information to an online database, meaning the paper counterpart will be obsolete.

If you have an existing paper counterpart:

As of the 8th June 2015, the paper counterpart will no longer hold any legal value. The DVLA are recommending that after this date any paper counterparts are destroyed, BUT the photo licence will still need to be kept safe.

If you have a paper licence:

If you have a paper licence that was issued before the introduction of the photocard licence in 1998, you will need to continue to keep this safe – the original paper licence will still remain valid and should not be destroyed. Once it is time to renew your licence, you will be moved over to a photocard licence only.

Penalty points:

From the 8th June onwards, penalty points will be recorded on your online drivers file on a secure online database, rather than being added to the paper counterpart licence. This means you will be able to log into the database and look at the status of your licence.  You will also be able to check your DVLA driver’s record and the status by phone or via post.

Why is this happening?

The reason that the paper counterpart licence is being scrapped is a direct result of the government’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’ – this was in reference to road transportation. It is also in alignment to the DVLA’s Strategic Plan, which overall means simplifying the services.

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