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Abolition of the Paper Counterpart to Photocard Driving Licences

The paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence was brought in to display driving licence details that could not be displayed on the photo card, such as endorsements/penalty points. From 8th June 2015, this will no longer be valid and no longer issued by the DVLA.

Please note: Northern Ireland remains unaffected by this.

This change aligns in the DVLA’s commitments to simplifying our services, as well as the Government’s Red Tape Challenge.

Customers with existing counterparts

From 8th June 2015, this will no longer hold legal status and should be destroyed after this date.paper-counterpart

Customers with paper driving licences

These licences issued before the photo card licence in 1998 should not be destroyed as they remain valid. When you update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photo card only.

Penalty Points (Endorsements)

From 8th June 2015, any penalty points for a motoring offence will be held on a driver’s record with the DVLA and can be checked online, phone or post. You will still be required to pay fines etc. in the usual way, however the way the court handles the paperwork will change. Any motoring offence will still require you to submit your driving licence (paper and photocard) to the court, however they will be recorded on the individual’s record and will not be recorded on the paperwork.


Whilst every effort has been made by Total Motion to ensure that information given is not misleading, this material is provided only as an overview of the subject and is not a substitute for professional advice. No responsibility can be accepted by Total Motion for any loss nor liability occasioned by any person acting or refraining from action as a result of this Fact Sheet.