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Many, and probably most drivers, will be unaware of the fact that as of 8 June, the DVLA is no longer issuing the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence. Paul Trincas, a motoring law specialist with Charles Lucas & Marshall explains why.

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So how, I hear you say, can a driver access, or check, their driving record containing endorsements or disqualifications ?

Simple, the DVLA say. You can view your driving record on-line, via the ‘View Driving Licence’ service which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The system is free and will involve logging in by providing your driving licence number/personal details, post code and national insurance number.

For those who do not have access to the internet, drivers will also be able to check their driving record by phone or by writing to DVLA.

Third parties, such as employers, car-hire companies and others who presently check paper counterparts, will also be able to access this information on-line, but only with the consent of the driver under the new ‘Share Driving Licence’ service, which is still in development.

This service will allow those who have a ‘business need’ to do so, to check a driving record, free of charge, 24/7, and will be based upon access codes being shared.

The driving licence holder will be in control throughout and can choose who they wish to share such information with.

Alternatively, third parties can request record information by phone, by using the DVLA’s Premium Line, charged at the premium rate, currently, 51per minute, but only with the consent of the driving licence holder.

As of now, the existing paper counterpart licence has no legal status.

This is all part of the Government’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’ to remove unnecessary burdens on drivers.

Drivers are not required to do anything and all they are required to possess, after 8 June 2015, is their photocard driving licence.

The existing driving licence, whether photocard or paper, will be the only official document that will show what vehicles a driver may be entitled to drive.

From now on, instead of penalty points and disqualifications being recorded on the existing paper counterpart driving licence, such endorsements and disqualifications will only be recorded by the DVLA.

When a driver needs to either update their details eg- name, address etc or renew their driving licence, drivers will be issued with only one document- the photocard licence.

Finally, those drivers who were issued with paper driving licences only, before the photocard was introduced in 1998, should hold on to them and NOT destroy them, as, for these drivers, the paper driving licence is (for the time being at least) not being abolished.

For further information contact Paul Trincas on 01635 521212 or

Written by Paul Trincas

June 18th, 2015 at 10:58 am

Did You Know Your Driving Licence May Be Invalid?

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It has been estimated that over 2 million drivers are unwittingly driving their motor vehicles without realising that their driving licences are out of date and have expired !!

This could land you with a fine of up to £1,000, and penalty points on your driving licence.

For those limited number of drivers who still use the old fashioned “all-paper licences”, which have now ceased to be issued, these are usually valid until the driver’s 70th birthday as long as their personal details are correct.

However, confusion has arisen in relation to the new “photo-card driving licences”, which were first issued in 1998. Drivers believe that their photo-card licences last for life. However, that is not so.

Unlike the old all-paper driving licences, which generally lasted until the age of 70 before requiring renewal, the new photo-card licences are only valid for a period of 10 years from date of issue.

Once the initial 10 year period has elapsed, the driver has to apply to renew that licence, if that licence is to remain valid beyond that 10 year period, and the driver will have to re-apply, every 10 years thereafter.

The reason such photo-card licences, unlike the old all-paper licences, have to be renewed every 10 years is so that the photograph can be updated to show the current likeness of the driver.

Statistics show that since 2010, almost three quarters of a million drivers have been caught driving with an out of date photo-card driving licence.

In addition to facing being fined and having points on your licence, of equal, or greater significance, is the fact that it could also render your motor insurance policy invalid !!

The reason for this is that, under the road traffic legislation, the “entitlement” to drive has ceased.

This unsatisfactory state of affairs has been contributed to by the fact that, on the front of the new photo-card driving licence, underneath the driver’s name and date of birth, are two sets of figures, “4a” and “4b”, without further explanation. It is only when you turn to the reverse side of the photo-card that, in the smallest of print, is written that 4a is the date the photo-card licence was issued and 4b is when the photo-card licence is valid to. Nothing on the photo-card licence tells you when the photo-card licences must be renewed.

The plain fact of the matter is that there is no obligation on the part of the issuing authority, unlike vehicle tax reminders, to write to you to remind you that you must renew the licence.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you diarise the expiry date of your photo-card driving licence and apply for renewal in time- otherwise you face the consequences referred to above.

For further information contact Paul Trincas on 01635 521212 or

Written by Paul Trincas

January 17th, 2013 at 4:00 pm