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29 May 2015

From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be 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.

The following information has been posted on the Gov.uk website regarding the impending driving licence changes that will take place from 8 June. Organisations who are required to verify identities in accordance with relevant industry Standards and use driving licenses as means of identification, or are required to validate employee driving licences for company car use or insurance purposes, are advised to take note of the following information and guidance.

Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.

What this means for you

View the following YouTube link to give you an overview of the situation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VHIIkTDegqE

How to view your driving licence details

The DVLA’s free View Driving Licence service lets you see what details are on your licence, including what vehicles you can drive and any penalty points you may have.

Confirming your driving record to an employer

Information for employees:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qoVARjxKbRQ

Checking Driving Licences

If your organisation regularly checks the counterpart for entitlements or endorsements, you can use the Check driving Licence service to check the licence using the code provided by the driver. With the driver’s consent you can view the details on a driving licence, eg the vehicle categories they’re entitled to drive and any endorsements or penalty points. This service also gives you the option to print or save a copy of the information.

To help companies or employers who use the new service the DVLA have created a step by step guide.

You can make a check by phone if you don’t have a check code to use with the online service. You’ll need to ask the driver you’re doing the check on to call DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and leave permission for the check.

You can then call DVLA on 0906 139 3837 (calls cost 51p per minute) to check the driver’s details after they’ve given their permission.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes