There are changes due to driving licences and from 8 June 2015, the photocard licence counterpart will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.
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 which includes commitment to simplifying their services.
The counterpart (or D740) was introduced in 1998 as part of the photocard driving licence to display information that could not be included on the photocard. This includes provisional driving entitlement categories and current endorsements/penalty points.
Photocard Driving Licence Holders
When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart, you should destroy yours but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.
Entitlements and the status of your driving licence won’t change.
Paper Driving Licence Holders (those issued before 1998)
These will remain valid, and should not be destroyed.
The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.
Penalty Points (endorsements)
From 8 June 2015 penalty points (endorsements) will no longer be shown on driving licences. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be checked online, by phone or post.