Its official. As of today (8th June 2015) the DVLA are replacing the drivers licence counterpart with an online service.
The move to scrap the counterpart of the licence means motorists will save a staggering £8.9 million per year. Last year the DVLA had to replace 445,000 paper part of the licence at a cost of £20 each to each motorist.
The paper counterpart shows driver’s penalty points information as well as details of the type of vehicles they are allowed to drive. Drivers will still need to keep the actual driving licence, whether it is a plastic photocard licence or an old style paper licence which was issued before 1998.
So what happens for those companies who previously needed to see your counterpart to confirm motoring convictions? Or employers needing the same information from an employee? We announced on the 20th May that the DVLA were now sharing drivers licence information online. That means companies requiring this information can simply login and extract the needed information via the online service.(see DVLA article here)
It’s easy to view and share your driving record online. Go to GOV.UK and search for ‘view driving licence’. You can view your information electronically and generate a check code which you can then share with people who need to see your details (such as an employer or car hire company). If you want to, you can also download and print a summary.
To read the DVLA announcement click here