DVLA kills off paper section of the UK driving licence
Wave goodbye to the paper bit of your two-part driving licence if you live in the UK. That's because it is going to be replaced by a brand new online system from June 8th this year, according to the DVLA.
Of course, the DVLA are really great at holding everyone's details, as we saw with their unsecure parking data and the fact they unlawfully lose loads of our letters, so no-one needs to worry about a thing.
This new system will store all the details of all the licensed drivers in the country.
And now, the DVLA say that, after June 8th 2015, the paper bit of your licence will have no legal status and you can shred it and throw it in the bin (unless you have a paper licence which is pre-1998). Your photocard should be kept. If you have points on your licence, they'll be stored at the DVLA and if you want to know what they are, you can check online or if you prefer, ask for them on the phone or via the post."
"The reason for abolishing the counterpart is to reduce the burden on motorists." a government spokesman stated. "For most drivers there simply isn't a need to have this information on a piece of paper when it is now freely and easily available online. It also saves drivers from paying £20 to replace a lost or damaged counterpart."
"Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed." DVLA spokesperson said.