Counterpart driving licence to be abolished from 8 June 2015

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

The paper counterpart driving licence will be abolished from June 8, 2015 by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The paper counterpart driving licence accompanies the photo card licence.

Motorists possessing a paper counterpart driving licence should destroy the counterpart and keep their current photo card. Paper driving licences introduced in 1998 onwards are still valid and should be retained until their details need to be updated or licence needs to be renewed.

Every ten years, motorists need to pay £20 to renew their photo card driving licence. Drivers with an invalid licence such as if the photo card has expired, could be fined up to £1,000.

Penalty points will no longer be displayed on your driving licence from 8 June 2015. You can check your driving record online using the view driving licence service, via the phone or post. If a business needs to check your driving record, they can view it online via the share driving licence service which will be released later this year.

If you wish to hire a vehicle, you will need to request a code from The code will last 72 hours and will allow you to either download your driving record or share your driving licence details. 

The abolishment of the counterpart driving licence is part of the government’s Red Tape Challenge to simplify services.

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