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You may need a code to hire a car

I had this e-mail from AVIS, which shows their stance on this:
"After June 8 2015, the paper counterpart to the UK driver’s licence is being abolished. From then, Avis UK will not require customers to present this when collecting their rental vehicle.
What happens for UK customers renting in the UK?

This change is taking place over our busy summer period, so to make sure our customers do not face any disruption, anyone collecting their vehicle from one of our UK stores will only need to bring their photo card licence. We will not be asking our UK customers to print a copy of their counterpart or provide an online code*, but we may require customers to consent to their licence records being accessed as needed. All UK customers will need to hold a full and valid licence free from any endorsements excluded in our terms & conditions.

*The following stores will require customers to bring their DVLA ‘Share my Licence’ code at the time of rental; Bae Samlesbury, Bae Warton, Barrow In Furness, Blackpool Airport, Bolton, Carlisle, Chester, Kendal, Lancaster, Reading, Stockport, Stoke On Trent, Warrington, Warrington Bank Quay Train Station, Workington. For more information regarding the paper licence changes at these locations please contact the store directly.

What happens for UK customers renting abroad?

In many countries around the world the paper counterpart is not required today, but there are some that have to due to insurance reasons, therefore for peace of mind, we recommend UK customers renting cars abroad visit the DVLA’s ‘Share Driving Licence’ portal and bring along a print out of their licence, which shows current restrictions and penalties. View the step by step video guide on how to do this via [youtube:2pxhu1g0]zn2A8E2xo1I[/youtube:2pxhu1g0].
We acknowledge some countries may need to see the endorsements, and we will be communicating with any customers that this may affect.

Avis UK would like to assure all our customers that we will not be refusing any rentals because a customer cannot share the counterpart to their licence, subject to compliance with our terms & conditions."

Seems a bit odd to me that some of their offices need it & some don’t

Essex UK

I would imagine that most business people will have some sort of company contract with the hire company, so this probably won’t be needed.

Essex UK

I’ve seen a few articles about this – but it’s hard to see how it will lead to anything other than chaos – people have to remember to get the code, just before they leave when there are a thousand other things to do. And how will business people, or anyone making an emergency trip somewhere, manage – when things happen at the last minute?

New driving licence rules mean you may need a code to hire a car from 8 June

From 8 June, new rules mean you need to request a personal code from the DVLA up to 72 hours before picking up a car either in the UK or abroad. This is so hire firms can check for points, as paper licences are being scrapped for photocard holders. You may not be asked, but to be safe ensure you get one in advance.

You can read full details of the driving licence changes in the DVLA warning MSE news story.

To get a code, you’ll need to request one from DVLA via or by calling 0300 790 6801.

You will need to provide your driving licence number found on your photocard or on your paper driving licence for paper-only motorists, national insurance number and the postcode on your driving licence.

Give this code to the rental desk when you pick up your car – it effectively gives the company temporary access to your licence info. But, annoyingly, the code only lasts for 72 hours before expiring, so make sure you don’t request it too early.

You’ll also be able to download a PDF of your licence, which will be worth taking as a precaution – though you will still need the code. Not all car hire companies currently request to see the paper part of your licence, so may not ask for the code either, but don’t take the risk – get a code just in case.

Some driving organisations such as the AA are also advising motorists to take the paper counterpart of their photocard licence with them too just in case there are any problems. It’s also warning drivers who want to hire a car abroad to be extra cautious as overseas car hire firms, or even traffic police abroad, may not be aware of the changes and may demand to see your paper licence.
Extract from … =19#newlaw

Essex UK
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