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Don’t tear up your paper counterpart!

Yes, that's right.

The DVLA announced back in September that the paper counterpart of your driving licence would no longer be needed from January 2015.

But the launch of a replacement online system has now been delayed - so we thought we'd better clear a few things up before people start burning documents.

Driving licence paper counterpart

Image: DVLA

Wait, what?

The DVLA are replacing paper counterparts with an online database of drivers' licence details but with just a few weeks to go, this plan has stalled.

Without the new system, companies like insurers or driving-related employers can't check licences for things like penalty points, which is obviously a big problem. Because of this, the DVLA have agreed to postpone the move.

So...what now?

There has been no big announcement from the DVLA to stop you tearing up this important document, but we have confirmation from them that you WILL still need your paper licence for the foreseeable future.

Don't worry - you'll be the first to know of any change.



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 .