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Paper counter part of driving licences to be axed from June

Latest Motor News // 10 June 2015

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As of the 8th June you will only need the photo card part of your drivers license as the DVLA will stop issuing the paper part.

If you need to update your name, address or renew your existing licence, you will be issued with a new photo card only – the paper counterpart will be retained.

However, while drivers are advised to bin the paper counterpart of their licence from 8 June, the changes do not apply to drivers in Northern Ireland, who will need to keep their papers.

The move is part of the government’s aim to cut down on the amount of red tape. The purpose of the counterpart up until now has been to include licence details that couldn’t be included on the photocard – such as penalty points or the types of vehicles your are allowed to drive.

Paper driving licences that were issued before the photocard was launched in 1998 will remain valid.

For more information about driving licenses, please visit the DVLA website: