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Driving Licence Paper Counterpart To Be Abolished In June

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Holders of UK driving licences need to know that from 8 June, their paper counterparts will no longer be relevant, with the DVLA switching to a digital system.

UK driving licences currently come in the form of a photocard accompanied by a green paper section, which is principally used to corroborate driver details by car hire firms and is sent to the DVLA when renewing a licence, to notify of a change of driver details. From 8 June, the DVLA will no longer issue paper counterpart sections and drivers will receive only a photocard licence.

The move is part of a major project to reduce red tape by the DVLA, which has already seen the abolishment of the paper tax disc. Instead, the DVLA will use a digital records system, which it is estimated could save £8 million. The paper licence counterpart will be replaced by a digital system called MyLicence, a joint project from the DVLA with the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB), which will allow drivers access to their records online.

MyLicence will allow insurers to verify driver records online, which should help to cut down on fraudulent insurance applications, where drivers fail to admit licence endorsements and convictions. Car hire firms will also be given access to the system, instead of checking driver details on the paper counterpart. Drivers will have to provide their licence number and give permission, before any third parties can access their data.

Drivers with existing paper counterparts can destroy them as they will no longer be valid but must retain their photocard licence. Those with paper licences issued pre-1998, who don't have a photocard must keep these, as they will be valid until renewed and replaced by a photocard.

Endorsements will no longer be recorded on paper licences from 8 June but will be included on drivers' digital records. Police will have access to the digital database from the roadside via a Police National Computer. Drivers can access these details online, by post or by phone. Paper counterparts can still be used to notify the DVLA of a change of address, or you can update your details online.

The DVLA's new digital enquiry facility will soon be ready, allowing car hire firms and employers to view driver information online, in real time, instead of looking at the paper counterpart. This will cut out the need for a phonecall to the DVLA.

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