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Paper Counterpart License to be Wiped Out

The paper counterpart license is due to be abolished on the 8th of June.

The Department for Transport states the reason for this was the Government’s red tape challenge, to make things simpler for motorists, the paper part will be replaced with an online system.

This decision follows the scrapping of the traditional paper tax disc last year. The paper counterpart is seen as an irritant to motorists, and if you misplace the paper part it is a £20 fee to have it replaced. So to solve problems and unnecessary fee’s the DVLA will place all the information online to be accessed by drivers, third party firms and car hire companies.

However with these changes motoring groups feel that it could confuse many drivers. Especially those without internet. AA spokesman Paul Watters said: This change could cause confusion. Not all drivers are comfortable with computers and surfing online. It could also cause a lot of resentment. People will also be concerned at who exactly will be able to get access to your electronic driver record, and the potential for fraud and scams.

For two decades motorists have had to keep their card and paper counterpart together just in case of being pulled over by police. On the 8th of June the DVLA says the paper counterpart will be invalid and should be destroyed. Any information will be then be on the DVLA’s database and can be checked online, by phone or by post.

Any motorists with old-style paper driving licenses from before the photo card introduction in 1998 will not be affected, the paper will still be valid and should not be destroyed.

The DVLA has issued a warning to drivers not to believe any emails asking to verify your license details. Fraudsters could use this information to scam you so please be aware of any potential scams.

This digitalisation process has been delayed by six months as the DVLA feared the IT systems would not be ready. It is important that you check the electronic system before you destroy your paper counterpart, check that it is correct and doesn’t not have any extra points that should not be there.

What do you think of this new streamlined system? Are you happy about the abolishment of the paper counterpart?

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