Counterpart Driving License

Driving Licence Changes

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Say goodbye to the old Paper Counterpart Driving Licence as changes take effect in 2015.

If you’re like me, then chances are you know where your photocard driving licence is. Maybe it’s in your purse, or your wallet? Maybe it’s in the kitchen drawer next to the random pens and supermarket carrier bags that someone insists on collecting?! We seem to know where that important little card is!

Now. Where is your paper counterpart driving licence?

You know, that official looking “greeny” document you received in the post with your shiny new photocard licence? Perhaps you put it in that big unorganised folder with the car receipts and paperwork? Well fear not my fellow drivers! Soon you will no longer need to dig out that paper counterpart driving licence!

“As of 2015 the DVLA will no longer be issuing paper counterpart driving licences. Meaning all those who currently have one, including myself, can dispose of them going forward.”

From 1st January 2015 you can safely destroy your paper counterpart driving licence (if you can find it of course), and just continue with your photocard licence.


What this means for you

  • You do not need to take any action, just keep your current photocard driving licence.
  • If you have an old style paper driving licence issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998, this change won’t affect you, and you should keep your licence.
  • The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.
  • Entitlements, penalty points and the status of your driving licence will not change.
  • When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart of the driving licence, those drivers who already have a counterpart may destroy it.
  • You can change your address details online.

For further information, please visit the website.