DVLA scrap paper licence counterpart

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Published on 28 November 2014 by Gill

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Starting from next year the DVLA will stop issuing paper counterparts with new licences, phasing in plastic photocards for all drivers .    

So, can we go ahead and tear up our papers, build a little bonfire or shred the lot? Before ripping them up and hitting the road, note that only drivers currently holding a photocard can bin the counterpart, anyone with a paper licence issued prior to the introduction of plastic licences in 1998 needs to hold off until they update or replace their document.      

A new online database will allow organisations to monitor details such as convictions; ‘Entitlements, penalty points and the status of your driving license won’t change’ say the DVLA, but the days of the paper counterpart are officially numbered; ‘When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart of the driving licence, those drivers who already have a counterpart may destroy it.’

In other news the DVLA recently warned of two scams. The first is an email claiming to be from the DVLA that attempts to fool drivers into disclosing personal details, the other is from copycat websites that offer driving licenses or road tax applications, but triple the price through value added extras and in return provide drivers with noting but a completed application form.