The driving licence counterpart was introduced in 1998 to display information that could not fit on the photocard driving licence. It includes penalty point information and provisional vehicle entitlements. After 17 years of dutifully doing its job the counterpart will be abolished on 8 June 2015.
This means that from the 8 June 2015, DVLA will stop issuing the paper counterpart and those currently in circulation will no longer have any legal status and should be destroyed.
The reason for abolishing the counterpart is to reduce the burden on motorists. For most drivers there simply isn’t a need to have this information on a piece of paper when it is now freely and easily available online. It also saves drivers from paying £20 to replace a lost or damaged counterpart.
There are of course many industries, such as the vehicle hire sector, that use the counterpart to check if a driver is legal to drive. Before the counterpart goes DVLA will provide new online driving licence enquiry services in addition to those currently available by phone, post and intermediary. This range of old and new services will allow Intack Self Drive to check a customers driving licence entitlement after the 8 June.
The first new online service is ‘Share Driving Licence’. This allows a driver to go online and generate a unique, one-time ‘check code’ that they then share with the hire company. The hire company may then use the ‘check code’ with the last 8 digits of the driving licence number to view the drivers entitlements and penalty points. This free, 24/7 service will be available this spring via GOV.UK