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This code:

  • is case sensitive
  • is only valid for 72 hours
  • can only be used once

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What to do next

You can share your licence information with someone else, like your employer or a car/truck hire firm.

You’ll need to give them:

  • a unique licence check code
  • the last 8 characters of your driving licence number

You can only create 5 codes within a 24 hour period

The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders and will also allow you to download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared.

Alternatively you can call DVLA and give permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person/organisation.

Hiring or loaning a vehicle: how to prove your driving record after 8 June 2015

From 8 June 2015, you may wish to check with the dealer or hire company what they need to see when you hire a vehicle. If you are asked for evidence of what vehicles you can drive or confirmation of any penalty points, you will be able to request a unique code from GOV.UK which will allow you to share your driving licence details or you can download a summary of your driving licence record. The code will last for up to 72 hours and will allow the dealer or hire companies to make any necessary checks. You can also request a code by calling 0300 083 0013. This also applies if you have a paper licence that was issued before 1998.

Not all dealers and vehicle hire companies will ask for this information and we advise that you check with your hire company.

Why is the counterpart being abolished?

The decision to abolish the counterpart was as a result of the government’s Red Tape Challenge consultation on road transportation. It also aligns to DVLA’s Strategic Plan.


Posted by Sue Robinson on 29/05/2015