Car News 24 Feb 2016

The Driving Licence Change – Are your details up to date?

The Driving Licence Change – Are your details up to date?

With the government introducing big changes to the driving licence from the 8th June, now is a good time to check your name and address details are correct and renew your licence at

What’s changing?

From the 8th June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will no longer be valid and the DVLA will stop issuing the counterpart with new licences.  The government is introducing the change to reduce costs and digitise driver’s records.

How does this affect you?

Drivers with existing paper counterparts

If you currently hold a paper counterpart, it will no longer have any legal status after 8th June 2015.  Your photocard driving licence will remain valid and must be retained.

Drivers with paper driving licences

Paper driving licences issued before the introduction of the photocard in 1998 will remain valid and should be retained.

If the name or address details on your licence are out of date, you can renew it online at  Your new licence should arrive within 7 days.

Penalty points (endorsements)

Any new penalty points (endorsements) issued from the 8th June 2015 will only be recorded electronically.  They will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences.  In future, drivers will be able to view their record online at

For full details about the driving licence change, please visit