Driving Licence Changes 2015


When are the changes taking place?

These changes are going to take affect from 8th June 2015. If you already hold a paper counterpart, after 8 June 2015 it will no longer have any legal status. You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

What are these changes and how could they effect me?


Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.

If you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

Any driving licences issue after 1998 (with both a photocard and paper licence), the paper licence will no longer be valid and can be destroyed.

All penalty points will be going digital - this means that from 8 June 2015 neither the photocard driving licence nor the paper licence will provide an accurate account of any driving endorsements you may have. Instead, this information will be held on ’s driver record and you can request information online, over the phone or by post. 

DVLA have created a free Driving Licence service, which lets you see what details are on your licence, including what vehicles you can drive and any penalty points you may have.

New services

As well as being able to view driving licence information electronically, you can now share this information electronically...


Find out more via the DVLA.