What the Death of the Paper Driving Licence Actually Means for Motorists

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By James Laird

The DVLA is set to abolish the paper counterpart to your UK photocard driver's licence in favour of a new online system.

From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart – which includes fun details like penalty points and the vehicle categories you're allowed to drive – will no longer be issued or have legal status.

The DVLA has advised holders of a paper counterpart to destroy it after this date, unless you have a driving licence from 1998 or earlier. In that case, it'll still be valid, as the photocard hadn't yet been introduced.

After 8 June, drivers will only be issued with a photocard when they update their personal details or renew their licence. The free View Driving Licence service on GOV.UK will show you all the details that used to be on the paper counterpart, including penalty points.

According to a government spokesperson, the abolition of the paper driver's licence should be welcomed by motorists, as it'll mean you no longer have to keep it to hand when driving, or pay a £20 replacement fee if it gets lost.

The scrapping of the paper counterpart comes as the government continues to move a wide range of public services online. Last year, the physical tax disc was killed off after more than 90 years in existence, and you can also now book things like GP appointments over the Internet.

Photo by Highways Agency

[via the Metro]

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