You have previously been required to produce the paper part of your licence for an annual check to ensure that no penalty points have been added.
Since June 2015 the counterpart document of everyone’s DVLA driving licence has not been valid and has not been kept up to date. Instead everyone’s driver record will be held on the DVLA’s computers and can be viewed online, by phone or post. Access to the records are restricted and we need your help to carry out our checks. Without this we will be unable to process your application or renew your licence.
To get into your record we now require you to provide us with a “check code” which enables us to go online and check your DVLA driver records.
Confirming your driving record to us
You can do this online for free by accessing the DVLA's share driving licence service. This service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders. You can generate a "check code" to pass to us to view your driving licence details. Remember the "check code" expires after 21 days.
Alternatively you can call DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and leave permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person or organisation.