Helpful tips

Do you still need a counterpart driving licence?

Do you still need a counterpart driving licence?

What to do with your paper counterpart. The paper counterpart to a driving licence has had no legal status since 8 June 2015. You should destroy yours if you have one, but keep your photocard driving licence.

What does the back of my driving licence mean?

The expiry date of your licence will be shown on the front in section 4b and the expiry date of your entitlements will be shown on the back of your licence. All vehicle categories will be listed on the back of your licence with dates against those you are entitled to drive or ride.

Are old paper licences still valid?

If you have a paper licence that was issued pre-1998, these generally don’t expire until you’re 70, so you don’t need to do anything until then unless your address or personal details change. All licences must be in the photocard format by 2033.

Are paper driving Licences still valid 2021?

Are paper licences still valid in 2021? Some paper licences are still valid in 2021, but not all of them. If your paper licence was issued before March 31, 2000, and, as outlined above, all of the information on your paper licence is still correct, then it will usually remain valid until you turn 70.

What does counterpart licence mean?

The paper counterpart includes information on a driver’s penalty points along with details of what vehicles they can drive. Drivers still need to keep their actual driving licence, whether it is a plastic photocard licence or an old style paper licence which was issued before 31 March 2000.

Do you have to return old driving licence to DVLA?

You must send your old photocard licence to DVLA when you get your new licence. You’ll be told the address to use when you finish the application.

What category is a normal driving licence?

For example, when you pass your car test – a category B will appear on your driving licence. A B1 driving licence category would be motor vehicles not exceeding 550kg and a C1 category driving licence (large goods vehicle) allows you to drive vehicles weighing between 3,500 and 7,500kg.

What is Code 119 on my driving licence?

Listed below are the full descriptions of the information codes which appear on your driving licence. They show what (if any) restrictions, and vehicle adaptation codes your driving entitlement has….General restrictions.

Code Description
118 start date is for earliest entitlement
119 weight limit does not apply

Do you have to return old driving Licence to DVLA?

Do DVLA issue paper licenses?

From today (8 June 2015), the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence is being replaced by an online service. Last year DVLA had to replace around 445,000 counterparts because drivers had lost them, for which they were charged £20 each to cover the cost.

When do you need a counterpart driving licence?

The counterpart is sometimes needed – before hiring a car or after a speeding offence, for example – as it displays driving licence details that cannot be included on the photocard, such as some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsements/penalty points.

Is the driving licence paper counterpart being abolished?

The DVLA is abolishing the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence. Here’s what it means for you… Since the introduction of the photocard driving licence in 1998, the UK driving licence has come in two parts. One is the photocard driving licence and the other is the paper counterpart.

Do you need to change your driving licence counterpart in Scotland?

The changes affect driving licences in England, Scotland and Wales. There are different rules in Northern Ireland, where the paper counterpart is still needed. You should change the address on your driving licence when you move.

What’s the difference between a pictogram and a driving licence?

Production barcode (12): Used to link a photocard licence with its counterpart licence ready for dispatch. Pictograms (15): These illustrations are representations to easily explain the types of vehicles in those categories shown. A GB provisional driving licence contains the same information as a full licence.