With the DVLA having scrapped the paper counterpart of driving licences on the 8th June 2015, holidaymakers could find themselves stuck when it comes to hiring a car abroad if they do not obtain a valid code to provide to the car hire company upon arrival.
On it’s website, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) tells motorists to ‘destroy’ the papers as they are no longer valid. However, many overseas hire companies are still unaware of the changes and may still ask to see a copy of the counterpart. So, holidaymakers may not want to tear up their counterparts just yet but take it abroad as a precautionary measure.
As all drivers records and any offences are now held electronically on the DVLA database, those wishing to hire a car, whether it is in the UK or abroad, are now required to present the plastic photocard licence along with a code to rental car companies, allowing them to access records online and check for fines and penalties.
Here’s what motorists need to know about hiring a car:
For further information, visit the DVLA web site: