Motor Insurance - Driving Licence changes in 2015

From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart which currently accompanies the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) in Great Britain. Older, paper-only licences issued prior to 1998, will remain valid, but will be replaced with a photocard only licence when they are next renewed or amended.

Therefore, from 8 June 2015, endorsements and penalty points will no longer be recorded on paper driving licences/counterparts. New electronic online services are being developed by the DVLA to allow approved organisations to view information currently on these paper documents.

It is a legal requirement to make sure that anyone you employ to drive a vehicle on your business has the right licence and qualifications. Because of this, we and other insurers, will require you to check the licences of all those who drive on your business in order to confirm their validity.

We do not stipulate how this is done and there will be a variety of methods used currently but the changes outlined above mean that a review of an original or photocopy paper licence will not be possible after June.

As mentioned above the DVLA is developing a new digital enquiry service for launch later this year and this will enable employers and car hire companies access to information currently shown on the driving licence counterpart. Until this becomes available, organisations can use the existing DVLA services available online, by post, or by telephone.

Please check the DVLA website for further information.