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DVLA replacing paper counterpart with online code

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you'll probably know (because we haven't stopped going on about it) that from 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart is no longer worth the paper it's written on.

For many years, your paper counterpart was where any licence endorsements were noted. You could give your counterpart to an employer or your insurer so they could see your driving record. But now things are getting a little bit sci-fi.

Driving record goes digital

Anyone needing to share their driving record will now need to generate a code online. Remember we wrote recently about needing a code if you're hiring a car abroad? Same thing.

From Monday 8 June, if you need to share your driving record with an employer or your insurer (for instance, if you're applying for a driving job or you've been convicted of a driving offence), you'll need to go through a few quick steps.

How to access your driving record

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your driving licence number
  3. Enter your National Insurance number
  4. Enter your postcode

How to share your driving record

  1. Once you've accessed your record, choose Share Driving Licence
  2. This will generate a 1 use only code
  3. Give this code and your driving licence number to your employer or insurer
  4. They'll need to go to to access your record

The code you'll generate will only work for 72 hours and you'll need to get another if it lapses.

If this is all news to you, catch up on what's happening to the paper counterpart.

The DVLA's codes will now be valid for 21 days - it was worth all the moaning everyone did!


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 .