What You Need to Know
From June 8th 2015 the counterpart driving licence will no longer exist. This is the paper licence that contains details of penalty points , licence expiry date and which vehicles you can drive.
The change in law has implications for each car and van rental agency.
After 8th June, the green paper counterpart will no longer be valid when hiring a car or van.
(It will no longer be issued, only the plastic photocard will be sent out with new licenses, or where change of circumstance, such as moving house, requires the licence holders details to be update).
Driver Licence Details Held Electronically
The details that were to be found on the counterpart driving licence, will now be held on computer by the DVLA only, and can be accessed via the Government web site.
Implications for Hiring a Car or Van
This new system has implications for car hire companies, and customers booking a hire car need to be more organised in obtaining the necessary information prior to hiring.
Until now, when you hire a vehicle, you present your counterpart driving licence to the hire company, so that they can check that you are legally allowed to drive the hire car. After June 8th, the hirer will be responsible for obtaining the licence information to give to the hire company.
Accessing Your Driving Licence Details
Follow these steps to access your driving licence details:
- Driver Licence details can be accessed at www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence/
- Your National Insurance number, Driving Licence number and post code are required to access the information.
- Download the .pdf version of your counterpart driving licence and print it off – this is your best option.
- You can obtain an access code that can be given to the car hire company, who can then use it to access your licence details, however be aware that the access code expires after 72 hours.