From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will be abolished and will no longer be issued by DVLA. Drivers with paper licences issued before 1998 will still be valid.
Any new penalty points will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences. This means that neither the photocard driving licence nor the paper licence will provide an accurate account of any driving endorsements an individual may have. Instead, this information will be held on DVLA driver record, and can be viewed online, by phone or post.
Viewing your Driving Licence Online
You can view your driving licence online by visiting the DVLA website. You will need to know your driving licence number (printed on your photocard or paper licence), your National Insurance number and your date of birth.
Sharing your licence details with an employer or vehicle rental company
You can also temporarily share access to your driving licence to an employer or vehicle rental company. To do this, view your licence using the process above and choose 'Share your licence'. This will generate a unique access code that will be valid for 72 hours for others to view your information.
Please note: If you hiring are vehicle that will not be covered by your employers insurance, some rental agencies will not supply the vehicle without a unique access code. If you are unable to obtain a check code you should call the DVLA Customer Contact Centre on 0300 083 0013 (Mon - Fri, 09:00-17:00). For all UK and non UK rentals a valid photocard driving licence (or the ‘old style’ UK paper licence) must be presented.
Driver Licence Checking
If you or your organisation check driver licences regularly, Ogilvie Fleet can help. Industry statistics show that nearly one in three of all drivers covering business mileage has penalty points on their licence. Employers have a duty of care to ensure that any employee driving on business has a valid driving licence. If they haven’t they are driving illegally.