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The paper counterpart of the licence is being phased out in 2015 - this year. This is a continuation of the DVLA digitising all motoring records. Originally the changes were going to begin from today but it has been postponed and will now take effect on 8 June 2015. No explanation has been given for the postponement but some people think that the new systems are not ready yet. For motorists it shouldn't be that big a deal, in fact axing the counterpart paper driving licence means one less paper to carry around.

Changes caused by abolishing of the paper driving licence

Actually, there won't be any major changes.  You don't need to do anything provided all your licence details are correct and up to date. Some people won't need to take any action and just have to keep their current photo card licence.  Anyone who has a paper driving licence issued before the photo card was introduced in 1998 won't have to do anything but when they renew their licence or change their name or address they will only receive the photo card in future.These people should hold onto the paper counterpart.

The end of the counterpart paper driving licence. Are you ready?

If you do change your details there is no charge otherwise it will cost you £17 by post or £14 online to renew your photocard. At the point when the DVLA stop issuing paper licences you can destroy your paper counterpart as it won't be required any more.

The paper counterpart always used to tell you the details on your penalty points, what classes of vehicles you can drive and when the licence will need to be replaced. A lot of this information is on the photocard but the DVLA has also launched an online service called View Driving Record which enables drivers to see all this data.  You just have to enter your driving licence number, NI number and postcode.  Employers, car hire firms and other companies needing to check licences will be able to do so with a new service that the DVLA is developing called the Share My Driving Record.  The prototype is being developed and the service is due to launch later this year.

The DVLA are doing this to save money and claim that about £5 million will be saved each year.  All aspects of motoring agencies are moving online thanks to the government's “Red Tape Challenge” removal policy. For more information read https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes 

What do you think of the changes to the new system? Will you still want to hold onto your counterpart paper driving licence? Leave your comments below.

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