From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard.
If you are Costumers with existing paper counterparts, after 8 June 2015, it will no longer have any legal status. You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.
Instead, customers with paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.
If you need to do some modifies (as update your name, address or renew your licence) you will be issued with a photocard only.
Regarding the Penalty points, from 8 June 2015, they will only be recorded electronically. From this date, if you commit an offence you will still have to pay any applicable fine and submit your licence to the court but the way the court deals with the paperwork will change.
This means that from 8 June 2015 neither the photocard driving licence nor the paper licence will supply an accurate explanation of any driving endorsements you may have. Instead, this information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be viewed online, by phone or post.
From 8 June 2015, you won’t need to take your paper counterpart with you when you go for your theory or driving test. You must still take your photocard, or your old-style paper licence, your test will be cancelled and you’ll have to pay again if you don’t.
The courts are unable to respond to queries about the destruction of your paper counterpart. Any concerns about this process should be directed to DVLA.
From 8 June 2015, you may wish to check with the hire company what they need to see when you hire a vehicle. If you’re asked for evidence of what vehicles you can drive or confirmation of any penalty points, you can request a unique code from GOV.UK which allows you to share your driving licence details or you can download a summary of your driving licence record. The code lasts for up to 72 hours and will allow the hire companies to make any necessary checks.