Tuesday 19th August 2014
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The DVLA has said that, from January 2015, paper counterparts to driving licences will no longer be issued. Instead there will be a new online service where all the details held on the paper counterpart will be available.

The report was covered by WalesOnline:

“Swansea's DVLA has confirmed that from January 2015 it will no longer issue a paper counterpart to UK photo-driving licences.

The change does not affect existing licence holders who have to keep their current licence. Motorists with a photo-driving licence can discard the paper counterpart after January 1, 2015.

Those who have a paper driving licence issued before the photo-driving licence was introduced in 1998 should also keep their existing licence.

The next time drivers need to update their name, address or renew their licence, they will be issued with a new style photo-driving licence only.

The DVLA says it is developing a new digital inquiry service ready for launch later this year which will allow organisations and businesses – like employers and car hire companies – to view information they can currently see on the driving licence counterpart.”

This streamlining of the driving licence system should save money in the long run while allowing UK businesses quick access to vital information.

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