Car Hire Changes to the UK Driving Licence

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Car Hire Changes to the UK Driving Licence

Our tops tips for hiring a car abroad!

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The future is paperless!

In 2015, The DVLA scrapped the paper counterpart to the UK driving license. Now, all endorsements will be stored on a central database, which is good for those whose paper license has become lost under years of paperwork.

If you’re looking to book car hire abroad for the first time in a while, it’s worth taking a gander at our top tips for renting some wheels.

For now, here’s a step by step guide to book car hire abroad:

How to book car hire abroad

1. Get your check code from the DVLA

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You'll need your unique ‘check code’ from the DVLA, which you'll need in advance of collecting your car.

2. Why do I need a check code?

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This serves as the replacement for the paper part of your license, now conveniently stored online.

3. What do I need to get a check code?

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There you’ll have to enter your driving license number, NI number and postcode. This will generate a unique code that you’ll need to jot down.

4. Take this code to the hire company in order to prove your endorsements

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Don’t have any driving endorsements? Don’t worry! It’s still recommended that you bring the code with you, just in case any complications arise.

5. How long do I have to share details with the hire company?

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You have 3 weeks to share extra detail, but we recommend doing this ASAP!

6. Should I print off a copy of my driving history?

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Although not all hire companies may accept this, it’s worth bringing along. Better to be over-prepared than under-prepared!

7. Check the T&Cs

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It’s worth remembering that every hire company’s terms can different, so check ahead so you have everything you need in advance.

8. We're here to help you travel better!

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Here at Holiday Extras, our aim is to make renting a car abroad as as easy as possible, so you can relax knowing your ride is waiting for you upon arrival. Book award-winning cheap car hire for as little as 87p a day HERE.

Why not save the bother and book a transfer instead? Travel better with Holiday Extras and find out how to get airport transfers in 120 countries worldwide.

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