In just under a month’s time The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will be scrapping the paper licence which accompanies all UK photocard licenses. This means that paper licences will no longer be valid and will not be issued with any future applications.
But what does this mean for drivers?
Firstly if you have a paper driving licence (those issued before 1998) these will remain valid and shouldn’t be destroyed. If you need to update your details or renew your licence you will then be issued with a photocard licence.
Secondly, any information about penalty points will now only be accessible either online, by phone or by post. If you commit an offence after the 8th of June you will still have to pay the relevant fees and submit your licence to the court, but the way the court deals with any paperwork will change.
Thirdly if you want to hire a vehicle or you need to provide your employer with your driving licence you will be able to do this online. According to the DVLA this online service is still under development but will be available after the abolishment comes into place.
So there you have it. The DVLA is seeking to modernise the driving licence experience – but do you think it will work or will it just cause havoc for drivers? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts!