The expiry of paper driving licenses;
As of 8 June 2015, the paper element of UK driving licenses will be invalid and no longer issued by the DVLA. This is the paper counterpart to the photo card driving license. The paper counterpart exists as it displays information about your personal driving categories and any endorsements or penalty points you may have. However, this will no longer hold any legal status from June 2015.
Why is the paper license expiring?
It has been said that the paper license is expiring for a number of reasons;
– Getting rid of needless bits of paper
– Save money for the taxpayer
– New and easy to use digital services will be available for motorists to check driving entitlements and endorsements
– Saving time and enabling easier access to government services for motorists
What is replacing it?
Essentially, nothing is replacing the paper counterpart. The primary valid UK driving license will now be the photo card. However, paper licenses issued before the photo card was introduced in 1988 will remain valid and should NOT be destroyed. Photo cards will only replace these licenses if personal information needs to be updated.
What do paper license holders need to know?
Motorists who hold a paper counterpart AND a photo card – please destroy the paper element. This will no longer hold any legal status following 8 June 2015. Please keep the photo card license as this will remain valid.
Motorists who hold ONLY a paper license – paper licenses issued before the photo card was introduced in 1988 will remain valid. Please DO NOT destroy this. However, if you need to update any person information, such as name or address, please renew your license. You will then be given a photo card only. This can be done here: https://www.gov.uk/exchange-paper-driving-licence
The DVLA claim there will be no charge for changing an old license into the new, valid license. However, the new photo card does need to be renewed every 10 years at a cost of £20 each time. It is essential that ALL motorists have the new required and valid license. If caught without a valid license following 8 June 2015 you could face a £1,000 fine.
Where can I access the information on the paper element now?
Penalty points and other motorist endorsements cannot be found on the photo card license. Individuals who wish to check their personal driving entitlements and endorsements, including penalty points and the vehicles they are permitted to drive, can visit the DVLA’s free Driving License Service athttps://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence.
*Those who own the paper element and photo card licenses need to destroy the paper part as it no longer holds any legal status.
*Those who hold ONLY the paper element, should NOT be destroyed. These remain valid.
*Those who need to update any personal information on their license will be issued with a photo card only. https://www.gov.uk/exchange-paper-driving-licence
*Those who wish to check driving entitlements and endorsements can visit the DVLA’s free Driving License Service athttps://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence
*For more information and the latest news please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes