The UK Government’s Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is introducing changes to driving licences that may affect your employees. From 8 June 2015, the DVLA will stop issuing paper counterparts to the photocard driving licence, and existing paper counterparts will no longer be valid. Importantly, UK paper-only driving licences remain valid and should not be destroyed.
Who will this impact?
The changes will affect anyone who has a UK photocard driving licence and paper counterpart, the latter of which will no longer be valid from 8 June 2015. This licence type was issued from 1998. The changes also impact anyone who receives a new UK driving licence on or after 8 June.
How may this affect you and your relocating assignees?
Assignees/employees with a UK driving license who hire a car commencing 8 June 2015 will have to get an access code from the DVLA’s ‘Share Driving Licence’ website. The code will need to be given to the car hire company, along with the last eight digits of the employee’s driving licence. The unique, one-time-use access code is valid for 72 hours and allows the car hire company to check the individual’s driving licence history. This is done by visiting www.gov.uk and entering the access code and last eight digits of the driving licence.
For organisations that want more information on these upcoming changes, the DVLA has prepared an information pack that can be requested via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, please contact your Cartus representative should you have any queries regarding this or any other aspect of your relocation programme.