DfT to rip up paper licences
The counterpart driving licence is set to be axed and will be replaced by an online database, the DfT has revealed (Auto Express).
The DfT says that the document, issued with the photocard licence, will be scrapped in 2014, and the old-style paper licences will be abolished shortly after.
The move comes as part of an efficiency programme at the DVLA, which will see driver records stored in an online database within three years. It is hoped that this will enable police to quickly check whether a motorist has any points on their licence, without needing to see the counterpart document.
Organisations such as employers and insurers will also be able to check an individual’s endorsements, too, although only with the driver’s consent.
The DfT has also said that it intends to recall paper driving licences shortly after the new system is introduced, labelling it a “logical follow-up to abolishing the counterpart”.
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