As of 8 June 2015 the paper counterpart to the British driving licence is no more. This may have implications for anyone who drives for a living. If you are looking for driving jobs in London, as in anywhere else in Britain, you will need to know about the changes and how to confirm your driving record to potential employers.
All the information that was documented on the paper part of your driving licence (alongside the plastic card with you photograph on) will now be recorded electronically and the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) is advising people to destroy their paper counterparts.
If, however, your driving licence was issued before the photocards came in in 1998 and you have never had cause to renew it, you will have a complete paper licence and this must not be destroyed as it is still valid.
The move is part of the government’s Red Tape Challenge consultation on road transport and DVLA bosses say it will simplify the processes surrounding licences.
For instance, if you commit a driving offence you will still have to submit your licence to the courts but details of points (endorsements) will be recorded electronically.
If you drive for a living and are asked to provide evidence of your driving record, such as penalty points and/or entitlements, you can do this online for free via the gov.uk website.
You can access the View Driving Licence service where you can view your driving record, ie disqualifications, points or the vehicles you are allowed to drive. Here you can create a licence check code to share your record with someone else, such as an employer or a car hire company.
The check code allows that other person to check your record, your name and the last eight digits of your driving licence number.
To use the service you will need to have a note of your licence number, your National Insurance number and the postcode on your driving licence.
Note that if your licence was issued in Northern Ireland you cannot use the service. It also does not allow you to check expired penalty points or disqualifications. Remember also that it is illegal to try to access someone else’s driving record.
If you cannot generate a code online then call 0300 083 0013 and the DVLA will provide you with a code. Alternatively, you can call the DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and leave permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person/organisation.
If you’re a lorry or a bus driver with a licence issued by an EU member state and registered with the DVLA, since 8 June you’ll no longer get a counterpart. Instead you’ll get a confirmation of registration document – D91. This is also the form to use if you change address.
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