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Abolition of all paper counterpart licences

Abolition of all paper counterpart licences now moved to 8th June 2015.

As you may or may not be aware the DVLA’s intentions were to abolish all paper counterpart licences with effect from January 2015, causing concern and some confusion amongst the motor vehicle and insurance industry.

The DVLA, in conjunction with the Department of Transport have now revised the proposed date for abolition following pressure from certain motor trade and industry bodies such as the BVRLA and have now confirmed the scheduled date has been moved to the 8th June 2015. See

Further information and advice regarding the proposed changes can be found via the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association) website

As part of the government’s Red Tape Challenge initiative to remove unnecessary burden, it’s now been confirmed by Ministers that from 8 June 2015, DVLA will no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.  This means from that date, existing paper counterparts will no longer be valid. Drivers are advised to destroy their counterpart after this date.

Drivers who hold a paper only driving licence (issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998) remain valid and should not be destroyed.

So how will drivers check their driver record when the counterpart is gone?

In 2014 the DVLA launched our View Driving Licence  service which allows GB driving licence holders to view their driving record online. The service is free and easy to use and available 24/7.  Drivers can check what type of vehicles they can drive and any endorsements (penalty points) they may have.

Driving licence holders can also check the details on their driving record by phone or post. or if you wish more information you can do so by clicking here for our contact page.

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