On Monday, June 8, the paper counterpart to all UK driving licences is being scrapped, with the government encouraging some drivers to destroy the paper part of their licence.
The move comes as more information about drivers is to be stored electronically.
But paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should be kept.
So what does it mean to you? And why is it happening? We’ve compiled a list of questions you may have about changes to the paper counterpart.
Why has the paper licence been abolished?
The government have removed the paper counterpart to UK driving licences as a result of their Red Tape Challenge and the DVLA’s Strategic Plan which are both aimed at simplifying services.
From June 8 endorsements will only be recorded electronically and will not be printed or written on either the photocard or paper driving licences.
If you do commit an offence you will still have to pay a fine and will have to submit your licence to the court, but the way the court deals with the paperwork will change.
After today, the court will now retain the paper counterpart for destruction and only return the photocard.
How to view your driving licence details
The DVLA offer a free online service allowing drivers to view details of their licence and any endorsements recorded.
The DVLA website has full details of how to log in to view these details.
Taking a theory or driving test
From today you won’t need to take your paper counterpart with you when you go for a theory or practical driving test, but must still take your photocard.
Confirming a driving record to an employer
If you drive for a living and are asked to provide details of your licence, these can be accessed through the ‘Share Driving Licence’ service online.
This service can be used for photocard and paper licence holders who had their licence before the introduction of the card in 1998.
You will need a code to access the Share Driving Licence service which can be generated online or you can call 0300 083 0013.
Hiring a car
The government are advising you first check with the hire company as to what details they need.
If you are asked for evidence of what vehicles you can drive or confirmation of penalty points, then you can request a unique code from GOV.UK which allows you to share you driving licence details or you can download a summary of your licence record.
The code lasts for 72 hours and will allow the hire companies to make any checks.