Changes to UK Driving Licences

As of the 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard uk driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The paper counterpart was used to display the extra driving licence details that wasn’t on the photocard i.e. penalty points/endorsements and some vehicle catergories that you are entitled to drive.  These changes will not affect photocard driving licences in Northern Ireland.

The changes to UK Driving Licences will mean that as of the above date the counterpart (paper-part) licence can be destroyed.  Your current photocard licence will be all you need.

Anyone still with the original Paper driving licences issued before the ‘photocard uk driving licence’ was introduced in 1998 will still remain valid and should NOT be destroyed.

UK Driving Licence Penalty points/Endorsements

From 8 June 2015 new penalty points/endorsements will only be recorded electronically.  From this date, if you commit an offence, you will still have to pay any fine and submit your driving licence, but they will change how they deal with there paperwork.  You will not see any change.

If you still hold an original paper licences, when the court returns it to you, they won’t have written or printed the offence details on it.

For more information on any of the above details please visit the GOV.UK – changes to uk driving licences

Changes to the UK Driving Licences