UK driving licence changes

From the 8th June 2015, as part of a recent Government initiative to cut red tape and remove unnecessary burdens on citizens, the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) will no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

Since 1998, the DVLA introduced a photocard driving licence to accompany the paper licence (now counterpart) which held information such as the type of vehicle(s) that could be driven by the holder, driving convictions as well as any penalty points. Both photocard and paper counterpart had to be produced as proof of driving disqualification and licence type (provisional or full).

So what do the changes mean for drivers?

  • Drivers do not need to do anything; they just keep their current photocard driving licence.
  • The DVLA are not abolishing paper driving licences issued before they introduced the photocard in 1998, and any driver who holds this type of licence should keep it and not destroy it.
  • From the 8th June 2015 the licence (whether photocard or paper) will remain the official document that shows what vehicles a person can drive; but the driver record held by DVLA will be the only legal source of penalty point endorsements.
  • From the 8th June 2015 paper driving licences will no longer be annotated with endorsements.

The next time  a driver needs to update their name, address or renew their licence, the DVLA will issue them with a photocard only. Entitlements, penalty points and the status of their driving licence won’t change.

There are different methods that HR can use to check the driving status of an employee in the UK (this does not apply to driving licences issued outside of the UK) and Celsium’s team of Personal Coordinators can support collecting this information.

If you require any further information, please contact Shelley Lloyd at shelley@celsiummobility.com, telephone 0044 (0) 7971 400518, or Skype shelley@celsiummobility.                              

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK