From 8 June 2015, UK Photocard Driving Licence holders will be able to destroy their paper counterpart, as it will not be valid and no longer issued by DVLA.
This will finally bring the UK into line with lots of other countries in the EU, who just issue the plastic Photocard Licence to their citizens.
If you haven’t got around to getting one of the new Licences, and you still have a Paper Driving Licence (issued before 1998), then these will remain valid, but endorsements /penalty points will no longer be recorded on them.
All info currently on the counterpart will be available online, in a new service from DVLA here.
The info on the new DVLA Driving Licence Info service includes
- What categories of vehicle you are entitled to drive (with full explanations)
- How many penalty points you have
- Expiry date of your licence
- All current info on the Photocard Driving Licence
And from here you can also easily access info on changing the address on your licence, all driving categories and licence codes.
To access the info on your driver’s licence, you’ll need your Driver Number, current driving licence Postcode and your National Insurance Number.