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Scrapping of paper driving licence delayed

The abolishment of the paper counterpart driving licence – also known as the D740 – has been delayed until the 8th of June 2015.

Originally the paper driving licence was set to go the way of the tax disc on the 1st of January 2015, but the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) announced a six-month delay to ensure a suitable online system for checking driver credentials is in place.

There’s no need to take action if you have a photocard. Paper driving licences issued before 1998 are still valid but endorsements and penalty points will no longer be recorded on them.

A photocard will, however, be automatically issued if you ever update your name, address or renew your licence and hold a paper driving licence.

Checking your endorsements and penalty points can be done online or by post regardless of whether you have a photocard or paper licence.

The government recently announced MyLicence, a service that will allow you (and anyone else who has the right information and authority) to check your most up-to-date driving record online.

It also announced the Union Jack flag will now feature on the driving licence photocard, joining the European Union flag that has been there since photocards were introduced in July 1998. Those applying for a new licence or changing personal details will get the new design.

The fees associated with driving licences have been reduced as part of a plan to help ease the strain on motorists. 

Check out how to get your driving licence on the cheap with our handy guide.


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