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Old 30-04-2015, 09:20 AM
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On 8th June 2015 your driving licence counterpart ceases to be valid. This has implications for hiring a car, etc.

From DVLA website:
After 8 June 2015 if you are hiring a vehicle or you drive for a living and you are asked to provide evidence of your driving record (entitlements and/or penalty points), you will be able to do this online for free by accessing our Share Driving Licence service. This service is currently in development but will be available before the counterpart is abolished. The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders and will also allow you to download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared.

Alternatively you can call DVLA and give permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person/organisation.
You can view your driving history here: https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence
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So they are getting rid of the counterpart, but providing a service, where you can go online, and print a counterpart basically.
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Actually, it won't be that simple because if you print one yourself there's no way for a car rental company, etc, to check that you haven't altered it in some way.

The system under development will allow you to go on-line to DVLA and generate a PIN code, valid for 72 hours, which you can give to whoever, to allow them to access your driving records.

I guess (hope!) that lots of rental companies, especially outside the UK, won't bother.

Cynics will say that eventually there'll be a charge for getting your PIN...
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Sound like a massive cock up in the making, I wonder how class entitlements will get missed off, or how long you will wait to get through on the phone.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:32 AM
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Sounds a sensible system and hopefully it's part of reducing the tax burden on us all. I do have that usual squeaky bum feeling that occurs whenever the words 'Government IT Project' are uttered!
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I've still got the old type licence with 3 points on from 1989 and will cling to it until I absolutely have no choice!
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Sounds a sensible system....

Does it?

Fiona forgot to bring her counterpart last time we were in Alicante and the hire company would not allow her to be added.

Sounds like a right balls up imho.
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I've still got the old type licence with 3 points on from 1989 and will cling to it until I absolutely have no choice!
yep, still got my paper license from 1988. no chance I am giving it up.

you can shove your plastic where the sun don't shine.
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Apparently a code from the dvla replaces the paper counterpart.
Having said that my family have a home in Spain and I've hired countless cars and I've never been asked for anything other than the card, never the paper part.

http://www.independent.co.uk/money/s...-10219834.html

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Does it?

Fiona forgot to bring her counterpart last time we were in Alicante and the hire company would not allow her to be added.

Sounds like a right balls up imho.

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Does it?

Fiona forgot to bring her counterpart last time we were in Alicante and the hire company would not allow her to be added.

Sounds like a right balls up imho.
I was in Alicante last week and the hire company didnt want to see the counterpart at all. They did take 2000 euro's of my credit card for the security deposit on the car though and only gave back 1950 euro's and despite constant chasing this week have failed to respond to my calls and emails.
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