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New code needed for hiring a car abroad

Holiday time

Oooooh, I can feel that white sand between my toes already. Summer is coming and with it, a bit of much needed holiday awesomeness.

But before you settle down with your beach book and bucket of ice cream, there's the GETTING THERE to do. And if you're driving abroad this summer, that probably means hiring a car.

New requirements for hiring a car abroad

From 8 June (when paper counterparts go out of use), you may need to get a code to take with you if you're planning on hiring a car.

This is because your paper counterpart used to show any driving convictions, whereas from June, they'll all be computerised. That means many hire firms will need to run your code to make sure you don't have any driving convictions.


The tricky part is that the code is only valid for 72 hours. That doesn't give you all that much time to get to another country, settle in and go find your nearest hire firm.

If you're not arranging a car at the airport, you may need to be able to access the internet to get a code while you're there.

Some hire companies didn't require your paper counterpart in the first place, so they won't ask you for a code now - but it's worth getting your code just to be sure.

Get your code

To get the code, view your driving licence information on GOV.UK. You'll need your driving licence number, your National Insurance number and the postcode on your driving licence.


Make sure you're aware of what's happening with the paper counterpart in 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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