Paper licence

Drive4life would like to inform its customers that from 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. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points.

If you already hold a paper counterpart, after 8 June 2015 it will no longer have any legal status and therefore you should destroy your paper counterpart after this date although you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

Drive4life commented that: “paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.”

If you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

From 8 June 2015 penalty points (endorsements) will no longer be shown on driving licences. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be checked online , by phone or post.

Drive4Life would like to add: “this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVLA in Northern Ireland, and Drive4Life concluded: “If you already hold a paper counterpart, 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 photo card driving licence.