Car Hire Changes to the UK Driving Licence

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Car Hire Changes to the UK Driving Licence

The rules, they are a changing.

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As of the 8th June 2015, the DVLA have changed the UK driving licence requirements. The paper counterpart will no longer be valid or necessary, as all endorsements will now be stored on a central database.

If you're looking to book car hire abroad, it's important to know how these changes will affect you.

What you need to know

This will be a permanent change, in effect from 8th June 2015

The paper counterpart will no longer be valid however, we recommend you hold onto your counterpart licence during this period, as it is possible that some car hire companies may initially be unaware of the new arrangements.

If you are booking car hire, you will have to log in to the DVLA in advance, and enter your driving licence number, NI number and postcode. This will generate a unique code.

If you do not have access to the internet, a phone number will be made available to you, where you will be given your unique code.

This code must be presented to the rental company in order to prove your endorsements. If you do not have any driving endorsements, it is still recommended that you generate a unique code to take with you, just to be safe, should any complications arise.

Travellers needing to hire a car while abroad will have three weeks to share extra driving licence details with hire companies, though we recommend you do this as soon as possible

Motorists will also be able to download a printable PDF document containing their driving history, though at present it is unclear if all car hire companies will accept this.

These conditions will depend solely on the individual car hire company's terms and conditions. We highly recommend you generate a code though, on the assumption that you will be asked upon arrival.

At Holiday Extras, our aim is to make this transitional period as hassle-free as possible, get you the best car hire available, so you can relax with the peace of mind of knowing your vehicle will be waiting for you upon arrival, ready for you to hit the road happy. As this is a new implementation, changes are always possible. We will endeavour to keep you updated. For further information, visit the DVLA at

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