The counterpart's a thing of the past

Did you know that since 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to your driving licence is no longer valid?

This is welcome news if you've spent too many hours looking for that pink and green piece of paper or found yourself forking out to have it replaced.


I don't have a photocard licence, what should I do?

If you have an old-style paper driving licence that was issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998, it's still valid – so don't destroy it. You don't need to apply for a photocard licence, however you may find it convenient to do so.

For those who don't have a current and valid photocard licence – or a paper licence issued before 1998 – you'll need to apply for one.

Thankfully it's not complicated - If the DVLA can verify your identity and your passport photo is stored on the government's digital database, you can apply online here. Otherwise, you can request a paper form.


Verifying your identity

To use online DVLA services like applying for a photocard licence, you'll need to register with GOV.UK Verify and have your identity checked by a certified identity verification company.

When you select CitizenSafe to run your identity check, we'll ensure it's a simple and straightforward process. We know you probably don't want to be spending more time on all this admin than you need to.

Once registered with us, you'll be able to log in to DVLA online services as many times as you like. And you'll be able to view your information when you need. 

Once you register with us and have had your identity verified, you'll also be able to access a whole range of other online government services. These include completing a Self Assessment tax return and calculating what basic State Pension you might be entitled to.


How long does it take?

It only takes around 15 minutes to register with us. Once registered, you'll be able to log in to GOV.UK with a minute or two. Then, having applied for a photocard licence online, the DVLA will aim to have your shiny new licence to you within three weeks.


How do I find out how many points I have now?

In the past, if you wanted to see how many points you had on your licence, you could check your paper counterpart. Now, all your Driving Licence information is stored digitally and you can access it via GOV.UK.


Hiring a car – get a unique code online

Now that the DVLA has scrapped the paper counterpart Driving Licence, there's another way of showing car hire companies and employers how many points you have on your licence.

It's simple, and totally digital. Just log in to GOV.UK and request a 'unique code'. DVLA will generate a code that you can give to your car hire company or employer. They'll then be able to receive information, like how many points you have, using this code.

For more information about enrolling for online DVLA services visit GOV.UK. And be sure to check out our blog, where you'll find loads of helpful advice and up-to-date information about GOV.UK Verify and up-to-date news about UK driving licences. You can also find out about some of the other government services for which we provide safe and secure identity verification.

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