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Posted 19 June 2015
by Stephen Jennings

Counterpart Driving Licence now abolished

Since 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence is not valid and is no longer issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard such as any endorsement or penalty points.

A paper counterpart no longer has any legal status and the Government advises drivers to destroy their paper counterparts after 8th June 2015. Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.

Since 8 June 2015 new penalty points (endorsements) are only recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences.

A driver can see their driving licence online at www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence by entering their driving licence number, national insurance number and postcode.

This will impact on employers, who wish to check their employees’ driving records. The employee will need to share their driving record with the employer by using the same website to create a licence check code. The employee will be required to click on the tab stating “share driving licence information” and a code will be created. The employee will provide this code to the employer. The code is case sensitive. It is only valid for 72 hours and it can only be used once. The employer will then be able to access the employee’s driving licence by using the website www.viewdrivingrecord.service.gov.uk/driving-record/validate. Once the employer enters the driving licence number and check code of the employee, they will be provided with details of the employee’s driving licence record.

If the employee is unable to give a check code. He will need to ring the DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and give permission for the employer to check the driving licence. Employers can then call DVLA on 0906 139 3837 (calls cost 51p per minute) to check the driver’s driver record after permission has been provided.

We recommend that employers regularly check the driving licences of employees who drive on company business – it is important that employees who represent your business are able to drive safely and lawfully.

Please note this does not affect driving licences issued in Northern Ireland.

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About the author

Stephen Jennings

Partner

Partner in the litigation department specialising in employment law, he is the relationship manager for many of the firm's employment clients