Driving licence changes

Updates and advice to motorists on abolition of the counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

From 8 June 2015, the photocard licence counterpart will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.

What this means for you

Photocard driving licence holders:

When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart, you should destroy yours but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

You’ll still be able to use the counterpart driving licence to change your address with DVLA. You can also change your address online.

Paper driving licence holders (those issued before 1998)

These will remain valid, and should not be destroyed. From 8 June 2015 endorsements/penalty points will no longer be recorded on these driving licences. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can checked online, by phone or post.

The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

Entitlements/penalty points and the status of your driving licence won’t change

Organisations and businesses that check the driving licence counterpart

DVLA is developing new digital enquiry services for launch later this year that will allow organisations and businesses (such as employers and car hire companies) to view information they can currently see on the driving licence counterpart.

These new services will be offered in addition to the existing services, but are designed for those who have a business need for real-time access to the information, and may not wish to call DVLA or be in a position to use an intermediary.

Driving licence information via these services will only be made available to those who have a right to see it, and with the knowledge of the driving licence holder.

DVLA stakeholders and commercial customers can keep up to date with developments of these services through following our blog on GOV.UK.

Why is the counterpart being abolished?

The decision to abolish the counterpart was as a result of the government’s Red Tape Challenge consultation on road transportation. It also aligns toDVLA’s Strategic Plan which includes commitment to simplifying our services.

The counterpart (or D740) was introduced in 1998 as part of the photocard driving licence to display information that could not be included on the photocard. This includes provisional driving entitlement categories and current endorsements/penalty points.


Driving Lessons in Hull, Megan Derbyshire

This is Megan Derbyshire who took her driving lessons in Hull


Megan Derbyshire

Tony made me feel completely safe…….

When I first thought about driving lessons the idea of being behind the wheel terrified me, Tony made me feel completely safe and at ease throughout my lessons and had a lot of patience when it came to my perfectionist nature doing things again and again if I wasn’t completely pleased with myself. My lessons were very flexible, picking me up and dropping me off wherever it was convenient for me and my lessons were always on time.


Tony hasn’t just taught me to drive, he’s taught me to have confidence in myself and my abilities and for that I can’t thank him enough. Brilliant driving instructor and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone.

from Megan

Theory test

The hazard perception part of the driving theory test is set to be updated with computer generated imagery (CGI) from early next year.

Filmed video clips are currently used to test candidates’ reactions to developing hazards on the road. The scenarios in these clips are still relevant, but the image quality isn’t as clear or defined as modern digital technology allows.

The first new clips show the same situations as the filmed clips, but are clearer on the screen and include updated vehicles, roads and surroundings to reflect modern day driving.

Reflects the realities of modern day driving

DVSA Chief Executive, Alastair Peoples, said:

“Using CGI clips in the hazard perception test will allow us to present clearer, more up to date situations, ensuring the test fully reflects the realities of modern day driving.”


DVSA worked with Nottingham University’s Accident Research Unit to trial the CGI clips. Research Fellow, Dr Peter Chapman, said:

“In our research we found that CGI clips retained all the benefits of traditional videos in discriminating between good and bad candidates, whilst allowing a more attractive, flexible, and up-to-date test.”

In the future

CGI will also allow for a wider range of hazards, for example including situations with vulnerable road users like children or cyclists and a range of driving conditions, such as night time driving or bad weather.

Read the full story on GOV.UK and watch an example clip

What’s your biggest fear?

What’s your biggest fear?

Theory test?

driving test?



Can you imagine being chased by a spider? You’re probably thinking “pfft, like that would scare me in the slightest!”

But what if that spider was 50 TIMES the size of a normal one…


I’m guessing you’d run for the hills.


Or if you’re like me, you’d be thinking, a spider that size doesn’t exist…right?

Well, it does:




Okay, okay, so this ‘spider’ might just be a dog in a costume, but I bet that video made you laugh.


Need an idea to play a prank on your friends? I think this one works a treat.


If I’ve learnt anything from this video, it’s that having fun and doing creative things is the spice of life!


…a good New Year’s Resolution, don’t you think?


Driving test news

DVSA has been experiencing problems with emails since Tuesday morning (9 December).

This has affected our ability to send and receive some emails. We’re working to resolve the issue as a matter of urgency.

We’re now receiving all incoming emails and we expect the system to be fully restored by the end of today (12 December).

Contacting DVSA by email

If you have emailed DVSA before today and haven’t received a response, please resend your email.

Test bookings

The booking system isn’t affected and driving test bookings have been processed as usual, but some candidates may not receive an email confirmation.

These are now being sent out and all candidates should receive their conformation by the end of today. This also applies to amendments and cancellations.

Candidates can also check their test bookings on GOV.UK


Applying for your first provisional driving licence

To get your first provisional driving licence on-line for a car, motorcycle or moped you must:

Your licence should arrive within one week if you apply online.

When you can apply

You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old.

You can start driving when you’re:

  • 17 if you want to drive a car
  • 16 if you want to ride a moped or light quad bike

Your licence will say when you can start driving different vehicles.

You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Personal data

If you apply online you’ll be agreeing that DVLA can check your personal data, including your National Insurance number.

DVLA will confirm your details with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

To register for your first provisional licence click here: https://motoring.direct.gov.uk/service/DvoConsumer.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=FAP&_nfls=false