New paperless driving licenses

Say goodbye to your paper counterpart driving license

The tradition counterpart paper driving license will be phasing out from June this year, as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) continues its aim to digitise motorists’ records. The move follows the move from paper tax discs to a digital record for your Road Fund License.

“The reason for abolishing the counterpart driving license is to reduce the burden on motorists,” a government spokesperson explained.

“For most drivers there simply isn’t a need to have this information on a piece of paper when it is now freely and easily available online. It also saves drivers from paying £20 to replace a lost or damaged counterpart.” It should also make jobs like hiring and test driving cars easier – as you won’t need to remember to take your additional paper counterpart with you.

So what does this mean for motorists? Do you need to do anything now?

The short answer is no. If your license was issued after 1998 and you have a photocard and paper counterpart, the counterpart will become void and the DVLA are advising drivers to destroy the paper counterpart.

Drivers who have an old style paper driving licence which was issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998, should keep their licence. it will still be valid and does not need replacing until your license is due for renewal.

“The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only,”  a DVLA spokesperson told The Daily Telegraph.

Are there charges involved?

The DVLA have confirmed that there would be no costs involved for changing an old style paper licence to a new style photocard licence with a change of details.

However, everytime the photocard license is renewed (currently every 10 years) drivers will have to pay £20

Anyone over the age of 70 will need to renew their licence every three years, updating it with any medical conditions. This is free of charge. “If a driver updated their licence with a change of address, name or notified a medical conditions then the updated licence issued will be a photocard licence,” the DVLA said

How will I check my license details?

All of your details – and the details of Britain’s approximately 30 million motorists – will be stored on an online databased accessed through a Government website.  If you wish though, you will still be able to request your driving record by either telephone or post.

The changes will come in to place formally on 8th June 2015

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