View your driving licence online

By Gareth Dalton

The new online Drivers Record  replaces the abolished Green paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

Why has the new online Drivers Record been introduced?

The old paper counterpart of the photocard driving licence became dated and costly to process. Around half-a-million drivers lost the green counterpart each year and paid £20 for a replacement.

The paper counterpart detailed a drivers penalty points as well as the types of vehicle they are entitled to drive. Now this information is online.

DVLA recommend that drivers destroy the counterpart to the driving licence that is no longer legal but keep the actual photocard licence.

Drivers renewing a full driving licence or applying for a provisional licence will no longer receive the paper counterpart and will need to go online to see their Drivers Record.

How do I use the Drivers Record?

The new online DVLA Drivers Record is available to all the UK’s 49 million drivers to view and share details of their licence online.

You can login to see your driving licence details online and you will need:

  • Driving Licence number.
  • National Insurance number.
  • Postcode that appears on your photocard driving licence.

Watch this DVLA video to see the Drivers Report in detail.

Why might I share my driving record with others?

If you want share your driving licence information with someone else such as an employer or car hire company. You can do this when you have logged in, by creating a licence check code that lasts for 72 hours.

The information shared will be:

  • Your name.
  • The last eight digits of your driving licence number.
  • Vehicles the driver is entitled to drive.
  • Current endorsements on the licence but any expired penalty points will not be displayed.

Taking the theory test

When you are taking the driving theory test, you only need have your photocard licence with you.


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