If you’re planning on hiring a car this summer, make sure you don’t get caught out by the UK driving licence changes.
Just imagine – you’ve planned the holiday meticulously – time off work, flights, great accommodation, things to do… only to land and find out that you are unable to hire your booked hire car. Eek. Don’t get caught out by the UK’s driving licence changes – read our handy guide.
From 8 June 2015, the PAPER COUNTERPART to the UK photocard driving licence will no longer be valid.This means that the paper counterpart, after 8 June 2015, will no longer have any legal status.
However, if you are a holder of a pink paper driving licence, which was issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 – this will remain valid.
It is, as yet, unclear how the car hire agencies in Europe are going to deal with these changes. Therefore, we recommend that you check well in advance of your holiday that your photocard is valid. If you need to renew your licence, you can do it here : https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence
Also, after 8 June 2015, if you are hiring a vehicle and you are asked to provide evidence of your driving record (entitlements and/or penalty points), you will be able to do this online for free by accessing the DVLA’s Share Driving Licence service. This service is currently in development but will be available before the counterpart is abolished. The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders and will also allow you to download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared.
Alternatively you can call DVLA and leave permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person/organisation.
The DVLA’s website address is : https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence