DVLA Phases out Paper Licences

Wednesday May 2016

As of 1st January 2015 the DVLA initiated their plan to discontinue use of the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

Anyone who requires a new licence or is updating or renewing their licence will now only be issued with a photocard.

Additionally, any licence holders who have both paper and photocard can destroy their counterpart as this is no longer required.

The government estimates this change will save drivers about £8 million in reduced fees. There are however potential additional costs for employers when it comes to checking their employees’ licences.

Employers are responsible for verifying that those employees who drive for work have a valid licence. Employers can verify driver information by post, by phone, by fax or via electronic means which all involves some cost.

For further information on driver entitlement checks please visit https://www.gov.uk/employing-people-to-drive