Here is the advice from one of our insurers intended to help you understand the new rules:
You may have heard that on the 8th June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photo card driving licence was abolished. The DVLA is advising that drivers destroy the paper counterpart as this will no longer be valid and just retain the photo card driving licence. It is worth noting this will only apply to drivers with both a photo card and paper counterpart licence. Paper driving licences issued before the photo card was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.
The paper counterpart has been used to display driving convictions and penalty points (endorsements) since 1998. As they will no longer be valid and all this information will now be recorded electronically, the DVLA has introduced an online solution for customers to obtain their licence information. The online 'Share Driving Licence' function allows a customer to obtain their licence details and then provide to third parties requesting it such as hire car companies. More information about this can be found by visiting www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence.
We are still able to continue to accept a copy of the paper based driving licence where a driver still has a copy, but only for a short time. If they have destroyed their copy then we will require each client to provide you with a copy of their driving history using the www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence portal. From this site they can:
1. Print out a copy of their driving history which can be forwarded to us as confirmation of their driving history
2. Provide you with an access code along with their driving licence number, which will allow us to view their driving history within 72 hours of the code being issued
Please note both of these options require the client to know their national insurance number.
If you want help or advice about this or any other general insurance matter contact Real Insurance Solutions on 01223 528945