Driving Licence Changes.....Driving Abroad
On 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard . The counterpart contained information such as any penalty points you have. Similarly, old-style paper licences, issued until 1998, are still valid but they won’t be updated with penalty points. Instead, you can now view all your up-to-date driving licence information using DVLA’s service.
These changes do not affect licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.
When hiring a vehicle
When collecting a vehicle from a hire company many only ask to see your photocard licence or your pre-1998 paper licence – but some also want to check whether you have any penalty points. They may ask for a code so that they can check your licence online or for a printout of your licence details.
Getting a code or printout for the hire company
You can go online to obtain a code to give to your hire company. Each code is valid for 21 days from the date you obtain it and it can only be used once (to protect your privacy). You can have up to 15 active check codes at any given time.
To obtain a code or a printout:
1. Log onto www.gov.uk Go to
2. Enter your driver number and postcode, as they appear on your driving licence, and your National Insurance number.
3. Click on the ‘Share your licence information’ tab – then the ‘Create a code’ button.
4. You will now be shown a code that you can pass on to your hire company. You’ll also have the option to print out your licence information.