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Driving Licence Counterpart Abolished

As of today, Monday 8th June 2015, the paper driving licence counterpart to photo-card driving licences will no longer be valid and will no longer be issued by the DVLA.

Driving Licence Counterpart

The changes do not affect photo-card driving licences issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland, the changes only apply to photo-card driving licences issued by the DVLA to people in Scotland, England and Wales.

The paper counterpart of a photo-card driving licence was introduced to hold driving licence details that could not be displayed on the photo-card portion of the driving licence. The paper counterpart is now deemed redundant and all details of convictions, penalty points etc. will now be held electronically. 

What should you to with your paper counterpart?

The paper counterpart of a photo-card driving licence no longer holds any legal status and you should destroy it and retain your photo-card licence.

Drivers who hold a paper only driving licence (issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998) remain valid and should not be destroyed.

How do you access details that were previously held on the paper counterpart?

You can use the view your driving licence information service online to access details previously held on the paper counter-part of your driving licence. You can also do this by telephone or by post.

In order to use this service you will need:

  1. Your driving licence number
  2. Your national insurance number
  3. The postcode that appears on your driving licence

This service will also allow you to share these details with third parties such as car hire companies etc. as well.