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New rules affecting car hire on the Continent for British licence holders

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If you’re heading to the Continent this summer and planning to hire a car, make sure you are up to date with the new requirements following the abolition of UK paper licences last month. The following advice is from the AA website:

Photocard paper counterpart

The paper counterpart to the photocard licence is being abolished from 8 June 2015 and information about penalty points will only be held on DVLA’s driver record.

Anticipating that some car hire companies overseas may not immediately be aware of this change, the AA recommends that you retain your paper counterpart if you intend hiring a car abroad rather than following DVLA advice and destroying it on 8 June.

Additionally you should:
Print your own driving licence record from DVLA’s website – you’ll need to know your driving licence number, national insurance number and your home address post code.
Obtain a code from the DVLA’s ‘share driving licence’ service that you can pass to a third party (employer, hire car company). The code will only be valid for 72 hours and will give them one-off access to your online driving licence record to verify the printed copy.

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