Driver Licence Counterpart Abolition

Share Driving Licence

On the 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will be abolished. This means that driving convictions and penalty points will no longer be displayed on any driving licence.


The DVLA has extended the validity period of the check code generated for motorists to share their driving licence details – making it easier for customers to arrive prepared for their car rental pick-up.

The one-use code is now active for 21 days, unlike the previous validity of 72 hours, which meant that motorists had to visit the View Driving Licence website and generate a code less than three days before they intended to hire a car.

This service will allow you to:

view your driving record, eg vehicles you can drive, penalty points and disqualifications
  • create a licence check code to share your driving record with someone else, eg your employer or a car hire company

The check code will allow someone to see what vehicles you can drive, any penalty points or disqualifications, your name and the last 8 characters of your driving licence number.

This service cannot be used:

  • if your licence was issued in Northern Ireland
  • to check the progress of a licence application
  • to check historical information, eg expired penalty points or old driving licence entitlements

To be able to use this service, you'll need:

  • your driving licence number
  • your National Insurance number
  • the postcode on your driving licence