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Licence check codes extended to 21 days

  • The DVLA has extended the time to share driver licence details
  • Paper counterpart no longer valid as of June 8
  • FTA welcomes the move to a longer validity period

The DVLA has extended the validity period of the check code generated for motorists to share their driving licence details – the one-use code is now active for 21 days instead of the previous 72 hours.

This will make it easier for company car drivers to arrive prepared if they are renting a car on business or for personal use, especially as we head into the summer peak season.

After the paper counterpart was abolished last month, company car drivers can now view up-to-date driving licence information using the DVLA’s View Driving Licence website, which includes a Share My Licence service that generates a code enabling car hire companies and other third-parties to check for any endorsements. 

Although it has welcomed the extended code lifespan, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) is calling on the DVLA to make other changes that would benefit consumers:

“We think that the DVLA should extend the opening hours of its call centre, because not all renters have access to the internet,” said Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the BVRLA. “The agency should also waive the cost of the premium line telephone service that is used to check endorsements when motorists turn up without a code and we think that the DVLA can make it easier for people to access the View Driving Licence website by being more flexible on the ID required. For example, most travellers would find it easier to provide a passport number than a National Insurance number.”

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has also welcomed the DVLA’s announcement that the access code has been extended.

Ian Gallagher, FTA’s Lead on DVLA, said: “Common sense has prevailed and DVLA has listened to what we have been saying about the new online system not being fit for purpose.

“Allowing employers longer to use the code before it expires is a sensible move.  However we still believe more changes are needed to make the system efficient and effective, such as the ability to check non-GB licences online instead of via an office hours-only phone line.  Bulk checking of licences is also an issue that needs to be reviewed.”

Old-style paper licences (issued until 1998) are still valid but they won’t be updated with penalty points.