December 24 2014.

Effective the 8th of June 2015, the photocard licence counterpart will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.

The counterpart (or D740) was introduced in 1998, alongside the photocard driving licence, in order to display information that could not be included on the photocard such as provisional driving entitlement categories and current endorsements/penalty points. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record and available to check online.

DVLA is developing new digital enquiry services that will allow organisations and businesses (such as employers and car hire companies) to view information they can currently see on the driving licence counterpart. Driving licence information obtained via these services will only be made available to those who have a right to see it, and with the knowledge of the driving licence holder.

What does this actually mean?

Photocard driving licence holders;
When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart, you should destroy yours but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

Paper driving licence holders (those issued before 1998);
These will remain valid, and should not be destroyed. From the 8th of June 2015 endorsements and penalty points will no longer be recorded on these driving licences, but the status of the driving licence won’t change.

The next time paper licence holders need to update information such as name and address or to renew the licence, a photocard only will be issued.

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