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Paper driving licence changes: what you need to know The Week UK

But how does this affect collecting my holiday hire car: The paper counterpart contains information on penalty points and other traffic offences that hire companies want to check before letting you loose with their car.

Logon to the dvla website and load the View your driving licence service here 2. Log in using your driving licence details and then once the new page loads with your details, click the share your licence information tab on the right hand side of the navigation bar at the top of the page see below.

This will now be held on the dvlas database and need to checked online, by phone or post. This switch to a fully digital system is likely to make it harder for hire firms to check your driving record and some local overseas firms might not even know the change is coming.

How long does the code last for: The code will be valid for 21 days, so anyone hiring a car more than three days into their holiday will need to logon and get a new code potentially incurring hefty mobile data charges if they dont have access to free Wi-Fi. Click this tab once logged in to the view my licence section to generate a code for hire car companies 3. You will then be able to generate a code to share with hire car firms when you arrive at your holiday destination. Please allow plenty of time for this request to be processed. Send the following information to the address below: your full name and address your driver licence number (or your date of birth if you dont know your driver number) Driver Licence Validation Service, dVRE, dVLA, swansea, sA99 1AJ, dont forget: Take your driving licence and National Insurance number with. However, some motoring organisations are concerned firms could be reluctant to accept this. What if I forget to get an access code or to download a PDF: Arrive at the hire car desk without any of the above and the operator could be forced to ring the dvlas premium rate helpline, which costs up to 3 a minute. So can you quicky run this by me again: Yes just do the following, online: Heres how to get your code to share with hire firms before you leave for your holiday this is currently a beta system that has had a soft launch so youll be among the first to give it a once-over: 1.