On June the 8th 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence became invalid and is no longer issued.
This part of the driving licence showed information that could not be shown on the photocard, such as vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and the endorsements and penalty points that you have.
What does this mean?
If you currently hold a paper counterpart, it no longer has any legal status. The DVLA recommends you destroy your paper counterpart, but keep the photocard driving licence.
Paper driving licence issued prior to the introduction of the photocard in 1998 remain valid and should not be destroyed. If you hold one of these paper licences you will be issued a photocard if you update your name, address or renew your licence.
How to view your driving record.
The DVLA has a website setup to allow you to view your licence details here. This allows you to see the vehicle types you can drive, details of any penalties and disqualifications and also allows you to share the information on your driving licence with others.
Sharing your information
The new DVLA website allows you to share the information contained on your driving licence with a third party – for instance your employer, a car hire firm or your insurers. The website provides you with a reference number that is valid for 21 days, but can be cancelled at any time you wish. The DVLA has produced a guide on how to redeem the code here.
Please note that the above doesn’t apply to driving licences issued in Northern Ireland by the DVA.