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Driving licence paper counterpart abolished from June 2015

Driving licence paper counterpart abolished from June 2015

The paper part of your driving licence will soon be redundant, as of June 8, 2015. This follows government decision to abolish paper tax discs earlier this year.

The green paper section of the driving licence, mainly needed when hiring cars, will no longer be needed. From June, drivers will only receive a new photocard when they update their details. This change forms part of a government attempt to remove red tape, with many motoring services now moving online, which aims to save an estimated £8 million.

Initially it was planned this change would come into effect from next month, but concerns from organisations, such as has pushed this back. The DVLA has also listened to the association's call for a real-time online licence-checking service to go live ahead of the abolition of the paper licence.

Chief executive of the BVRLA Gerry Keaney said: "We welcome this delay and are happy that the DVLA and the Department for Transport have listened to the needs of some of their biggest customers," as reported in Fleet News.

"The DVLA finally has a clear plan of action for developing its online alternative to the paper counterpart, and we look forward to working with them in delivering a robust, cost-effective solution."

by: Becca Chaplin