The paper counterpart of the driving licence for motorists in Scotland, England and Wales is abolished from 8 June. It follows the “Red Tape Challenge” consultation on road transportation.
From today, new penalty points endorsed on a licence will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photo card licences or paper driving licences, so the paper licence will no longer provide an accurate record of any endorsements.
Anyone hiring a car may now have to produce a temporary code to enable the hire company to confirm whether they have any points on their licence. The code is only valid for 72 hours, but the DVLA insists that the process should be no more difficult than logging onto the internet to obtain an airline boarding pass. The code is not an official requirement, and whether one will be needed will depend on the hire company. Those intending to hire a car have been advised to check with their hire company in advance. A similar process will apply to employers or others who need to check an individual's licence.
People who cannot generate a code online can call 0300 083 0013 and DVLA will provide them with a code. This service is available from 8am to 7pm on weekdays and 8am to 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively they can call DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and leave permission for their driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person/organisation.
The DVLA website has a step-by-step guide to the process. By entering their driving licence number, national insurance number and postcode, drivers can access their current licence information and opt to share it with another person. They can then create a unique check code, valid for 72 hours, which will permit the other person to check their details.