Driving licence checking is a daily, paper-based necessity for many in the fleet industry – but not for much longer. Since 8th June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence is no longer valid and will no longer be issued by the DVLA - Another major shift to digital for business customers.
What this Means for Drivers
Since 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart no longer has any legal status and can be destroyed.
Penalty points (endorsements) are only recorded electronically, and won’t be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences either. Instead, this information is held on the DVLA’s driver record and can be viewed online, by phone or post.
You can use this service to:
view your driving record, eg vehicles you can drive, penalty points and disqualifications
create a licence check code to share your driving record with someone else, eg your employer or a car hire company
The check code will allow someone to see what vehicles you can drive, any penalty points or disqualifications, your name and the last 8 characters of your driving licence number.
You can’t use this service:
- if your licence was issued in Northern Ireland
- to check the progress of a licence application
- to check historical information, eg expired penalty points or old driving licence entitlements
You can use the online service to view your own driving record, eg vehicles you can drive, penalty points and disqualifications but most importantly for fleet managers - drivers can create a licence check code to share their driving record with someone else, e.g. you the employer or with a car hire company.
Checking Someone Else's Driving Licence Information
To check someone else's licence information, the driver needs to first create a check code using the link above. Once the check code has been issued, you can use the 24/7 Share Driving Licence service to check their information, including the vehicles they can drive or any penalty points or disqualifications they may hold.
You’ll need the last 8 characters of their driving licence number and the check code issued from the driver. You must use the code within 72 hours and you can only use the code once - you’ll have to get another code if you need to do another check.
The 24/7 Share Driving Licence system may be the best fit for businesses that currently check a customer or colleague’s paper counterpart. It allows the driver to control access to their record in much the same way as they control who to share their counterpart with. It also offers the benefit for those needing to check a driver’s record of seeing information direct from DVLA records so they know it is completely up-to-date.