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Changes to the UK Driving Licence

Driving LicenceThe UK introduced its first driving licence in 1903 along with the Motor Car Act, since its introduction there have been many changes to the driving licence and to the ways of which they can be acquired. When driving licences were first introduced the applicant undertook a registration process without completing any practical test. Practical tests were later introduced in 1934 and since have changed dramatically to ensure road users are skilled for the current roads and increase in traffic.

As of June 8th 2015 another big change is happening to the UK driving licence. All paper counterparts to the photographic driving licence card which were issued after 1998 will no longer be valid, it is important to note that all paper driving licences issued before 1998 are still valid and must not be destroyed.

Why is this happening?

The paper counterpart to the driving licence was initially issued to display information which could not fit on the photographic driving licence card, this information includes penalty points, driving convictions and details of what vehicle categories you are authorised to drive. The underlying reason for the new change to the paper counterpart is the government wanting to remove unnecessary paperwork for drivers, as well as simplifying their services. All data that was once on the paper counterpart will still be accessible on the DVLA website https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence or by contacting them directly.

What this means for drivers

  • Future new driving licences will not be issued with a paper counter part
  • Drivers who have paper counterparts issued after 1998 need to destroy their paper counterpart after June the 8th 2015 (we advise using an electronic cross shredder to minimise risk of identity theft)
  • You will no longer have to pay for a replacement if your paper driving licence is lost or damaged
  • If you update your name or address on your driving licence you will only be issued a new photo card.
  • To find out the information which was once printed on the paper counterpart you will need to visit the DVLA website or contact the DVLA by phone or post.

Going away this summer and want to know how this will affect your car hire?

If you’re going away this summer and are thinking of hiring a vehicle, you will no longer have to produce your paper counterpart to the vehicle hire company. The new process will require you to log on to a new website which will be launching prior to the date of the change. When on the website you will be able to share your driving licence information with another party by providing access using a special code or by printing a summary page of the content. It is important to remember that the code provided is single use only and expires within 3 days, we recommend setting up a calendar reminder three days before it is required so you can relax about your holiday.

Don’t forget to protect your main motor insurance excess with our handy excess protection insurance policy, for more information click here or contact us on 0333 323 0090.

Tweet us your thoughts to the new driving license changes to @QuestorIns #drivinglicencechange

Date Created: 15 May 2015 by Kim Coppins

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