End of driving licence counterpart

The DVLA’s business plan 2014-15 confirms that the DVLA will stop issuing the paper-based counterpart to the photocard driving licence from January 2015.
This proposal was first announced in 2011 and was seen as an attempt to minimise red tape and expenditure for motorists and the authorities. At the time, Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, said: “Motorists shouldn’t have to keep numerous bits of paper just to prove they can drive and have bought insurance – we live in a digital age and we need to embrace that.”
No action will be required by drivers, although they will be permitted to destroy the counterpart if they so choose. The photocard element will remain valid and unchanged
The DVLA’s online driver enquiry service will provide customers with a 24/7 online access to their driver entitlements. This service will replace the requirement for a paper counterpar.t
For advice on any transport law issues, contact Jared Dunbar on 01829 773 105
Contents believed to be correct at time of writing and article written on 23.09.14

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