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Driving licence paper counterpart on its way out

  • It seems like the DVLA have a personal vendetta against paper - and good for them. The more services go digital, the better for the planet and the better for my filing system (under the bed).

    Yes, the paper counterpart - the sheet of paper you were scrabbling around for the night before your driving test - will soon be a piece of history, just like the tax disc.

    What is the paper counterpart?

    Currently, you have a photocard and a paper version of your driving licence, whether it's a full licence or provisional.

    People who passed before 1998 may only have a paper driving licence, but this change will only affect them if they change any details on their licence - they'll then be sent a new photocard.

    Do I need to keep my paper counterpart?

    It's technically still needed until 8 June 2015, so keep it safe until then. If you're a learner, you will need both parts of your licence for your theory and practical tests if they happen before January 2015. After that, you can destroy it!


    Just about to start driving? Find out how to apply for your provisional licence.


    The driving licence paper counterpart finally leaves the building
    on 8 June 2015.

  • Honor Clement-Hayes

    By Honor Clement-Hayes

    Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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    ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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