From 8th June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid or have any legal status. The DVLA will stop issuing paper counterparts and are advising drivers to destroy existing copies.
The information currently found on the counterpart of the driving licence will be available through an online service on the DVLA website – Share Driving Licence. Here customers will be able to view their driving record, and share it with other third parties quickly.
This will mean the end of lost or damaged paper counterparts and delays in requesting copies from the DVLA. The new service is easy to use and is accessible ‘on-the-go’ from a smartphone or tablet. Using this new service, customers should be able to obtain a copy of their licence information that they can share with third parties in less than a minute.
Alternatively, customers can use Share Driving Licence to generate a licence check code. They can send this with their driving licence number and you will be able to download their information for them. Customers who don’t have internet access can get a licence check code by telephoning the DVLA. Licence check codes are case sensitive, only valid for 72 hours after they are created and can only be used once.
This new service is free to use and there are no pre-registration requirements. You can try the new service at www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence.