Due to changes introduced by the DVLA in June 2015, the paper counterpart of your driving licence is no longer valid.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 get a printout of your licence from the website. Plus it’s worth 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.