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Big News on Car Hire That WILL Affect You After 8th June 2015

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Major Changes affecting all car hire bookers

From the 8th of June 2015 all DVLA issued to UK drivers licenses will store information about your licence (including which vehicles you can drive, your points and endorsements) on-line.

After this date the paper part of your DVLA drivers licence will be completely invalid and will need to be destroyed, so if you have any new points or endorsements these will be kept electronically and not printed out. The old style paper driving licence is still valid and shouldNOTbe destroyed; however any points will be stored the same as the photo-card licence.

Please note this only applies to drivers licences issued by the DVLA.

Latest Updates!

You won’t be able to use your National Insurance number to access this service between 9pm on Friday 30 October and 7am on Monday 2 November. There areother ways to applyduring this time:

Using GOV.UK Verify

You can apply using GOV.UK Verify if you have:

1. a valid UK passport or a photocard driving licence issued in England, Wales or Scotland

2. access to information about your bank account or credit cards

3. a mobile phone or tablet computer

Please note: GOV.UK Verify is a beta service

By phone

0300 083 0013
Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm
Saturday, 8am to 2pm

By post

You can either send arequest formor a letter with the following information to theDVLA:

1. your full name and address

2. your driver licence number (or your date of birth if you don’t know your driver number)

Send your request to:

Driver Licence Validation Service

DVRE
DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1AJ


As of Friday 10th July 2015 the "Access" or "Check Code" is now valid for 21 days!

How to get your access code

1.Click HEREand follow the simple steps to find yourCHECK CODE, which will be valid for 21 daysto allow the rental company to check your licence details for any penalty points or disqualifications you may have andwhat type of vehicles you are allowed to drive. You will need your Drivers Licence number, your National InsuranceNumberand the Post Codeyourlicenceis registered to in order to get this code.

2. Make a note of your Check Code andtake this along with your photo-card to collect your car.

3. Also it may be wise to print out the pdf copy of the details on the page and take this with you too.

4. If in any doubt, phone your supplier (number shoudl be on your rental voucher) and check exactly what they will need on collection.

So what happens when you rent a car after the 8th of June 2015?

In the past you had to show your paper part of your licence when requested, to pick up the rental but after the 8th of June, the DVLA are introducing a new system called "Share my Driving Licence". This service allows you to download an access code that you take with you to the Rental Desk. This is like giving the Desk written permission to access the DVLA's service to check your licence. They then login and can view any endorsements you may or may not have.

Preparation is key!

Make sure you go on-line to "Share my Driving Licence" and get your access before you travel to save yourself some time. The code is valid for 21 days. For more info regarding this please seethe DVLA Blog.

What you need to do:

If you're planning on renting a car this summer thenPLEASEbe prepared for this, there could be delays at the rental desk while this new system is in it's infancy and there are bound to be issues abroad with the language barrier. You should be well prepared if you follow these quick steps:

1.Click HEREand follow the simple steps to find yourCHECK CODE.

2. Make a note of your Check Code andtake this along with your photo-card to collect your car.

3. Also it may be wise to print out the pdf copy and take this with you too.

Advice.

Our advice, while all of this settles in, would be to phone your hire company before you travel to find out exactly what they would like you to bring. Not all hire companies ask for the counter part but others do so its always best to check and be sure. Also it would be a good idea to print out a PDF copy as well as taking a nore of the access code, just in case there are any technical problems when you get to the desk. The Assistant at the desk can call the DVLA directly to check your licence if required but this is costly, typically 51p a minute premium rate service. The cost to you, the customer, can be as much as £19.99 depending on the location and the service is only available Monday - Friday 0800 - 1900 and Saturday 0900 - 1400!! No good for Sunday travellers but as the code is now valid for 21 days there should be plenty of time to find an internet cafe or library if you're away from home and on the move.

The DVLA have issued more news on this as of the 12th of May 2015 including info aobut a phone number - they say "You can also request a code by calling 0300 083 0013. This also applies if you have a paper licence that was issued before 1998." However we have just learnt that this number is not a 24 hours number it will be available Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm and Saturday 8am – 2pm. Customers will only need to call that number if the system doesn’t generate a code for them and companies will only need to call the number if their unable to redeem the code.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding any of this your car hire provider should be able to advise you, their contact details will be on your car rental voucher. Or you can contact the DVLA Here.

UPDATES:

* The DVLA have updated the information they provide on theirPAGE on the 12th of May 2015 which includes more info on contacting the DVLA and also the Share My Licence. Please check these updated HERE.

* As of the 19th May 2015 The ‘Share Driving Licence’ (SDL) service is now live HERE. This means you can check your details and obtain your access code. This check code will be needed with suppliers, if requested, as of the 8th of June 2015. So be preapared, get used to the system before you need to use it so nothing will dealy you on the day!

* The Check Code is now valid for 21 days giving more flexibility for those on the move and also releaves the pressure of remembering to get the code right before you travel!

*You won’t be able to use your National Insurance number to access this service between 9pm on Friday 30 October and 7am on Monday 2 November. There areother ways to applyduring this time.