With effect from 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to Photocard driving licences will no longer be valid or issued by DVLA. If you have one at this date, you are advised to destroy it. For those with the paper licences only, these should be retained until you need to change to a photocard.
What does this mean to individuals? The information about your licence, the categories of vehicles as well as endorsements/penalty points, will all be accessible on line with a free service. Alternatively a call to DVLA can provide the information as well.
How about employers? For those who require employees to drive as part of their work, the employer should ensure that the individual is legally entitled to drive the vehicles for the work, as well as certain information for the insurance of the vehicles. Most employers will require employees to surrender copies of the photocard licence together with the paper counter part. From 8 June, this will not be possible. However, it is possible for the individual to download information from the free online service. It is also possible for the individual to provide consent to share the driving licence information (for a 72 hour period).
What is important now is to ensure that you meet your legal responsibilities for safe driving, as well as any insurance requirements. Ensure that your policy and procedures are updated to reflect the change.
If you have any questions regarding the changes, check out www.gov.uk/dvla/nomorecounterpart.
For questions regarding the logistics of the changes needed, please let us take away this headache for you.
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