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If you’re planning on hiring a car whilst you are on holiday this summer, you must be aware that all endorsements and fines are now computerised, replacing the paper counterpart. Therefore, if you were looking to hire a car abroad you will need to take a code with you to allow you to do this.

How do I get a code?

In order to get your code, you just need to log in to the DVLA Website (, follow the instructions then present the code to the rental supplier at the time of the booking. Please Note: This code is only valid for 21 days, therefore this must be requested close to the time the booking needs to be made.

What will this allow the rental company to see?

With the code, the rental company will be able to see what vehicles you can drive, any penalty points or disqualifications and the last 8 digits of your Driving Licence Number.

Will a PDF copy of my driving record be acceptable?

Whilst it is recommended that you download your driving record from the DVLA, it is currently unclear as to whether rental suppliers accept this as an alternative to the code.

What if I still have the old-style paper licence?

The old-style licences issued prior to 1998, will remain valid.

Please note that this does not apply to Driving Licences that have been issued in Northern Ireland. If you have already booked your rental vehicle, you will need to produce your code when you go to collect the vehicle.