Important information regarding Driver Licence validation

Since the 8 June 2015, the DVLA no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photo card driving licence. The decision to abolish the counterpart came as a result of the government’s Red Tape Challenge consultation on road transportation. It also aligns to DVLA’s Strategic Plan which includes commitment to simplifying their services.

The counterpart (or D740) was introduced in 1998 as part of the photo card driving licence to display information that could not be included on the photo card. This includes provisional driving entitlement categories and current endorsements/ penalty points.

Individuals are able to see the information currently shown on the paper counterpart through the View Driving Licence Service, your clients will need to share their licence information with you for validation using this system. You can read the DVLA guide on how to do this here.

We ask that brokers continue to carry out validation checks and include driver licence number (DLN) on their broking system if available. Longer term, the new DVLA MyLicence system will allow us to validate convictions directly.

For more information on the Driving Licence changes visit the DVLA website

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