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Driving Licence Paper Counterpart Scrap Could Cause Travel Chaos - What You Need To Know About Hiring A Car This Summer

posted on May 05 2015 by Kiri Nowak

Driving Licence Paper Counterpart Scrap Could Cause Travel Chaos - What You Need To Know About Hiring A Car This Summer

The driving licence counterpart will be scrapped on the 8th of June 2015, but what does that mean if you want to hire a car abroad? The DVLA will abolish the paper driving licence counterpart in an attempt to cut down on red tape. When you want to update your driving licence you will simply be issued a photocard.

The counterpart was used for additional details that won’t fit onto a photocard. It contains details of any driving offences. Information about people’s driving history including a list of offences will be held on the DVLA’s driver record. You can check this over the phone, online or by post.

However, this means that your driving licence and counterpart won’t be real proof of whether or not you have any offences from the 8th of June. If you want to prove you are eligible to drive then you will have to access the Share Driving Licence service online. This is supposed to be up and running by the time the counterpart is abolished. Therefore, if you are planning on hiring a car abroad, you will need to logon to the DVLA website to get your passcode before you set off.

There are concerns that these new changes will cause chaos for people driving abroad after the counterpart is abolished. Hopefully this new system of logging on to the DVLA website and getting your details online will be up and running by June. If the system malfunctions like it did when the tax discs were cut then it could cause complications for car hire abroad. The best thing to do is to try and get hold of your details well in advance of your trip to avoid any unnecessary problems.

So how does the new system work? You will need to log on to the website and enter your national insurance number and licence number. Next, the system will generate a one-time passcode which will be valid for 72 hours. You then give this to the car hire company so that they can check whether you have any driving offences. Another option is downloading a PDF, which you can print and bring with you on your trip.

Not all car hire companies are interested in people’s driving history, they just want to see that you have a licence. You might not even be asked to provide these details, but it’s better to have them just in case rather than having to deal with the stress of obtaining them whilst you are abroad.

Whether you are asked for these details will very much depend on where you are going and the type of car hire company you use. You might want to have a record of your driving licence number and national insurance number, so that if there are any problems when you are trying to hire a car you can login and access your details. You can also call the DVLA and give them permission to have your driving records to be checked verbally by someone you nominate. However, if you are abroad this could be costly.

For further information about the abolishment of the driving licence counterpart and hiring a car after the 8th of June 2015 check the DVLA website.

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