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It has been confirmed that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has delayed the abolition of the paper licence  counterpart until 8th June 2015.

From that point, the paper counterpart – introduced in 1998 as part of the photocard driving licence to display information that could not be included on the photo card – will not be valid and will no longer be issued by the DVLA.

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When the DVLA stops issuing the counterpart, riders and drivers should destroy theirs, but they must keep their current photocard driving licence.

The decision to abolish the counterpart was as a result of the government’s Red Tape Challenge consultation on road transportation, and falls into line with the DVLA’s Strategic Plan which includes simplifying its services.

If you have a paper licence issued before 1998, these will remain valid, and should not be destroyed. From 8 June 2015 endorsements/penalty points will no longer be recorded on these driving licences. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can checked online, by phone or post.

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The next time you need to updater renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

Tony Carter

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