By the 8th of June 2015 the DVLA are abolishing the paper counterpart of the driving licence. Clearly this matter concerns every driver in the U.K.
Consequently this also concerns your insurers too. At Heritage Classic Car Insurance we look at the implications of this and what is required of you and your chosen insurer regarding the DVLA’s decision to go paper free.
If you have a photo card licence
If you have a photo card licence then you will currently have a paper counterpart detailing relevant information concerning current driving endorsements and driving entitlement. This information will now be kept on the DVLA’s database which providing you have internet access will allow you to view your driving licence criteria or even provide you with a printout. However this will be “real-time” information and only remains valid for up to 72 hours rendering any paper version (much like a counterpart) invalid after this period of time.
If you have a paper licence
If you have a paper licence then nothing will change. It will remain legal until you send the paper licence back to the DVLA when you require changes to be made, in which case you’ll need to replace this with a photo card licence.
So how does this work then?
If the DVLA are only allowing people to see this information real-time how can you obtain long term documented proof of said endorsements and driving entitlement? Well, the answer to this is you will never need a long term document; in fact the idea is that it cuts down on unnecessary paper work and cost. Like a lot of Government Departments, information is stored on digital records so should you need to make any changes to your criteria no paper documents need to be re issued and so won’t cost you any unnecessary fees unlike the current system.
Presenting information to a third party
Of course there will no doubt be times when you may need to present this information to a third party. For example your car insurers may need to have proof of your driving licence and evidence of any driving endorsements. To access the information you (the licence holder) will simply login to the DVLA’s current service which will include a “share your licence information” option. This will then generate a one-time use access code so that the licence holder may then pass this on to their insurer. The insurer can then view any relevant information regarding your driving licence.
This may sound over complicated initially. But what it does mean is that all the information required is in one place and doesn’t need to be passed on which may lead to errors in translation or for some getting lost in the post. So this could be a good idea and will simplify the whole service.
O.K so what do I need to do?
What do I need to do? I here you ask. Well the answer to this is nothing. Any information regarding this will be on the DVLA’s website. If you need to make any changes to your driving licence then just simply go online.
Your current photo card licence will not change and you can discard your paper counter-part (with effect from the 8th of June of course). If you have a paper licence then this will not change and unless you have to send it back to the DVLA for any reason it still remains legal. However it will be replaced with a photo card licence if it is returned to the DVLA for any changes.
Remember these changes are immanent however the DVLA have said that they are working closely with relevant industries to make sure that their systems and processes are ready for the changes before they implement them.
If you would like to know more about these important changes to you driving licence see the following website www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes