Abolition of the Counterpart

No More Counterpart

From 8 June 2015, as part of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge initiative to remove unnecessary burden on drivers, DVLA will no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence. From 8 June 2015, existing paper counterparts will no longer have any legal  status.
The following information gives further details on the changes and what they mean for drivers and businesses. We will publish regular updates on this change and progress of our new online services on our GOV.UK blogs Inside DVLA and DVLA Digital Services. You can also sign up to receive our email alerts. If you need any further information or you have questions that have not been covered please get in touch at abolitionofcounterpart@dvla.gsi.gov.uk

So what do the changes mean for drivers?

• Drivers do not need to do anything; they just keep their current photocard driving licence.
• We are not abolishing paper driving licences issued before we introduced the photocard in 1998, and any driver who holds this type of licence should keep it and not destroy it.
• From 8 June 2015 the licence (whether photocard or paper) will remain the official document that shows what vehicles a person can drive; but the driver record held by DVLA will be the only legal source of penalty point endorsements.
• From 8 June 2015 paper driving licences will no longer be annotated with endorsements.
• Drivers can check the most up to date information on their driving record online, by phone or post
• The next time a driver needs to update their name, address or renew their licence, we will issue them with a photocard only.
• Entitlements, penalty points and the status of their driving licence won’t change.

 

The full briefing pack can be downloaded here.