If you are hiring a vehicle, what you need to provide when you collect it may have changed recently.
On 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence was abolished.
The counterpart showed information such as any penalty points you have. This information is now only recorded online.
Some hire companies may want a code from you so that they can check this information online themselves, or they may ask you to bring a printout of the information.
It is essential that you check with your hire company what they want. This varies between companies and between locations.
Most companies explain their requirements on their website, or will let you know when you make your booking.
Many only ask to see your actual licence – whether it is a photocard or one of the paper licences which were issued before 1998.
But if they want a code or printout this is how to obtain one.
Go to www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence (or just search for ‘view driving licence’ on GOV.UK)
Enter your driver number and postcode as they appear on your driving licence, and also your National Insurance number.
Click on the ‘Share your licence information’ tab – then the ‘Create a code’ button.
You will now be shown a code that you can pass on to your hire company.
This code is case sensitive and can only be used once, so that your information is protected.
You will also have the option to print out your licence information.
When you collect your car, the hire company can use the code and your driver number to view your driving record. They do not need your National Insurance number.
For more information, go to GOV.UK and search for ‘no more counterpart’.