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As of this week the UK paper counterpart driving licence is no more. GWA explains what this means for you.


The UK paper counterpart driving licence has been scrapped in favour of the DVLA’s new MyLicence online system.


The paper licence will no longer be issued by the DVLA. This means when you next renew or change any details such as address on your licence, only a new photocard will be sent back and everything else will be recorded through the DVLA’s online database.


Prior to this week’s changes there has been concern that this may affect the process of hiring a car or even test-driving vehicles. Officials confirmed that the new system will improve the process, although the new website did crash on its first day live. This disruption lead to large queues outside car hire companies.


The DVLA did admit it was experiencing high demand for the new service. The aim of the system was to make it easier to view and share your driving record with others who might need to see your details, such as insurance companies, car hire companies and employers.


When you want to share your details for one of the above reasons, a code can be generated online lasting 72 hours enabling the other party to access the required information. This change is estimated to save the government £8M. MyLicence is a joint venture between the DVLA and the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)


The police can still access this information electronically at the roadside via the Police National Computer. All endorsement notifications are recorded electronically after any court proceedings and are detailed on the driver record held by DVLA.


Car Dealers are warning the scrapping of the counterpart could make even the simplest test drive an administrative nightmare. Insurers will expect dealers to carry out one of the available additional checks including a premium rate phone line, the My Licence website or Share My Licence portals.


If you are planning any of the activities mentioned please visit the links below:






GWA Welcome the new change so for your next test drive call us on 01243 510 650 or visit www.gwacars.com.



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