DVLA Confirm Date for Abolition of Counterpart Driving Licence

From 8 June 2015, DVLA will stop issuing the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.  From that date, existing paper counterparts will not be valid. DVLA are advising drivers to destroy their counterpart after this date.

Drivers who hold a paper only driving licence (issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998) remain valid and should not be destroyed. For further details visit

The DVLA now have the View Driving Licence  service. This allows GB driving licence holders to view their driving record online. The service is free and easy to use and available 24/7.  Drivers can check what type of vehicles they can drive and any endorsements (penalty points) they may have.

Further public information will be published on GOV.UK campaign page at