Paper driving licence to be scrapped from June 2015

The paper counterpart driving licence is being axed on June 8 – and organisations are warning that drivers will need a ‘special code’ from the DVLA to hire a car or drive a company vehicle.

Currently, penalty points are displayed on a driver’s counterpart licence, but from June 8 they’ll be recorded on a virtual record which can be accessed online, by phone or post.

Should you need proof of your driving history, motorists will need to get a code from the DVLA to pass on to their employer or hire car company.

This unique eight-digit code can be accessed online through the DVLA’s ‘share your licence’ service, or over the phone.

But the code only lasts for three days – leading to criticism that drivers might be stranded abroad unable to hire a car if they’re unable to contact the DVLA or are simply unaware of the changes.

From June 8, the DVLA is telling motorists to destroy their paper licences as they’ll no longer be valid, but the AA is suggesting otherwise.

AA president Edmund King said: “Not all car rental companies, or indeed traffic police abroad, will be aware of the changes, so a ‘belt and braces’ approach of also taking the counterpart might help.”