Paper Counterparts & Paper Licenses
If your driving license was issued after 1998, you’ll be able to throw away the paper counterpart to your driving license, which will no longer be valid. (However the AA recommends that you hold onto it, in case there are any hire companies who aren’t aware of the changes.)
Just make sure you retain your photocard.
If you have a paper-only license issued before 1998 (when the photocard was introduced), this will remain valid, so you must hold into it. You will be given a photocard the next time you renew or update your license.
(NB these changes do not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.)
Penalty points (endorsements)
These will no longer be recorded on your paper documents, but held instead on the DVLA’s digital database, and viewable on the government’s website. Click here to view your own driving license information.
Hiring a Land Rover Abroad
If you’re hiring a vehicle outside the UK, you might need to provide a code which will tell the hire company about any driving convictions. You can obtain the code from the DVLA website, but it is only valid for 72 hours.
So if you’re going to hire a Land Rover more than 72 hours into your trip, you’ll need to generate a new code while you’re abroad, and will therefore require internet access. You’ll find more details about this issue on the BBC website.