The paper counterpart of the driving licence has now been abolished by the DVLA, and will no longer provide an accurate guide to the drivers’ endorsements or entitlements, which are required by a rental company for insurance purposes. Any updates to licences will be held centrally by the DVLA, but drivers will still need to retain the plastic photocard.

There are number of ways you can provide your driving licence information to the rental company:

  1. Generate a code for the driver's licence using the "Share my Licence" facility on the DVLA website. You will then need to provide the code to the rental desk, who will use it to confirm your licence information via the DVLA. These codes are only valid for 72 hours.

    A video guide to this process can be found on YouTube

  2. The rental company can call the DVLA to verify endorsement details but the driver will need to be present to confirm their identity. Lines are open Monday - Friday, 8 am - 7 pm, and Saturday 8 am - 2 pm. If you are unable to be present you will need to call the DVLA on 0300 790 6801 to leave your permission for the rental company to make the check.

  3. You may be asked to bring along your National Insurance number in order for a licence check to be made at the point of collection. You will then be given access to view and print your own licence details via the DVLA website at the rental desk. 

NB. Licences issued in Northern Ireland are not yet affected by this change as paper counterparts are still being issued by the DVA for NI residents. Hirers who are resident in NI can still present their paper counterpart elsewhere in Great Britain, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. Any updates to this policy, and further information on NI licences can be found on the DVA website.

Useful links

Full details on the DVLA website
How to "Share my Licence"