Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Abolition Of All Paper Counterpart Driving Licenses from 8th June 15

DVLA will be getting rid of the paper driving licence as from 8th June, (it was going to be Jan 15, but been delayed). What this means for drivers after this date is that all endorsements/penalty points will no longer be recorded on the paper licenses. The information will be held on DVLA's driver record. and will be able to viewed and checked online, by phone or by post. You will be able to destroy the paper licence & just keep the photocard. Those with licenses issued before 1998 should keep them until you need to make a change and which time DVLA will only issue you with the photocard. DVLA are getting rid of the paper licenses after a 'Red Tape Challenge' consultation to help simplify services. From an insurance point of view verification of clients driving history is extremely important, drivers 'forgetting' to tell their insurer about that speeding conviction should become a thing of the past with instant electronic checking solutions in development including 'MyLicence', 'Share My Driving Record' and DVLA's own 'Access to Driver Data'. Getting exact and correct information should help bring insurance prices down for those with a clean licence. For more info on the subject go to the DVLA's website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes

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