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Driving Abroad

Take a look at our selection of fun guides, tips and tools to find out what you need to know about driving abroad.

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What to think about when comparing car hire options?

Whether you're on the lookout for a hire car for your holiday or you need something here in the UK, whilst it's important to look at the hire price, it's also worth looking at the features of the car to make sure it's suitable for you.

  • Travelling somewhere sunny? Make sure your car has air conditioning
  • Driving long distances? An automatic or a car fitted with cruise control could make your trip more comfortable
  • Not a fan of packing light? Check the baggage icon to make sure you'll have enough room for all your cases
  • Car hire excess insurance can help you safeguard your liability in the case of damages to your hired car. Find out more

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Hiring a car after June 2015

Due to changes introduced by the DVLA in June 2015, the paper counterpart of your driving licence is no longer valid. And new drivers won’t be issued one when they receive their photocard licence.

The new system means driving convictions or endorsements are now recorded by the DVLA on a database, and will be accessible electronically.

Anyone who’s hired a car in the past will know that the paper part of your licence is usually required when renting a vehicle. Following these changes, the car hire company now needs a unique code issued by the DVLA, along with your photo driving licence.

To get your unique check code, visit GOV.UK. You’ll need:

  • Your driving licence number (section 5 of your driving licence photocard)
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Postcode (make sure your driving licence has your most up-to-date address)

Many UK car hire companies are able to contact the DVLA by phone to check your driving record. But when travelling abroad you might want to provide a printout of your licence from the website as well as obtaining the code before you travel.

Once issued, the code is valid for 21 days and can only be used once. As such, it's probably best to wait until shortly before your trip to ensure the code doesn't expire before you need to use it.

See our helpful guide to find out more.

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