From June 8th 2015, DVLA has stopped issuing paperback licenses. These are no longer valid in the UK now. This is now being replaced by an online service. To get more information about this, kindly contact DVLA with the help of the following site: - http://dial2donate.org/company/dvla-contact-number/ To understand rules and regulations regarding this better, check out http://dvlaregistrations.direct.gov.uk/
What is meant by counterpart license? The counterpart license is the paper section of your license which includes a driver’s penalty points. It also has details of what vehicles they can drive. You can view your entire driving record online.
Benefits of ending the counterpart licenses:- · Drivers will not lose the counterpart licenses anymore and can save on fines. · Unnecessary red tape can be avoided. · Improves road safety · Employers and Car Hire companies can access information directly from DVLA when the driver chooses to share his data. · Penalty points can be seen online.
Why the Government introduced the new system According to records, 445,000 counterparts were lost last year. DVLA had to replace all these and each was charged £20.
To access the record online you will need your driving license number. You also require your National insurance number and the post code on your license.
Steps to access information online
· Visit www.gov.uk · Go to https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence · Search for view driving license · View the document · Share the check code generated with the concerned authority who wishes to access your information. · The check code will be valid for 21 days · Download and Print the information if required.
If you need the information over phone, make a call to 0300 083 0013. The timings are Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm, Saturday, 8am to 2pm.
If you want the information through post, you can send a request to DVLA to the following address:- Driver Licence Validation Service DVRE DVLA Swansea SA99 1AJ
You will have to send details regarding your full name, address, driving license number. If you are not sure of the license number, send your date of birth along with the request.
The drivers may find it hard to adjust to the system. Some of the car hire companies may not be aware of the change. They may still ask for a paper counterpart. Again some drivers may not be aware that they need to produce a check code. Not all drivers are computer literates. So they may still be holding onto the paper counterpart. Asking them to go online and view their records will be difficult.
If a car hire company uses the car hire line 09061 393837, you will need to call up the Customer Enquiries Group on 0300 790 6801 to give them access to your information.
If you don’t have a photo card license and only a paperback one .do not destroy it as it is still valid. You need to update your information on the website and then will be given a photo card license. Then only can you surrender the paperback license to DVLA.