UK driving licence counterpartAs of 8 June 2015, the photocard licence counterpart will no longer be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.

If you employ people who drive as part of their job, they will no longer be able to easily demonstrate that they have a clear licence with no penalty points or any entitlements that relate to their driving licence.

DVLA are currently working on an online enquiry service but this is not scheduled to be in place until later in the year. In the meantime, there are alternative ways to get the full licence details, which you may find useful to ensure you manage any risk associated with company drivers.

By Phone

You can check a driver’s entitlement by phoning DVLA on 0906 139 3837 (calls cost 51p per minute). However, the driver must give their permissions for the enquiry. They do this by calling 0300 790 6801 before you call, or they can be with you when you call DVLA.

Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm.

You can find out more about the relevant call charges here.

Driver Entitlement Checking Service

  • You can also check with DVLA that the information on a driver’s licence is correct, including:
    the licence validity dates
    the categories of vehicle the driver can drive
    if there are any current endorsements on the licence
    if the driver is disqualified
  • The driver must complete a D888/1 form to give permission for the check.

You then need to send the form with a cheque or postal order for £5 payable to ‘DVLA, Swansea’ to: Driver Licence Validation service, DVRE 5, DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AJ

Electronic Driver Entitlement Checking Service (EDECS)

EDECS is a secure online service that gives you an answer the next working day. Your company will need to pass accreditation checks and enter into a contract with DVLA to use the service.

Organisations pay set-up costs and an enquiry fee – For more details email

By Post

You can also check a driver’s entitlement to drive by post. Each enquiry costs £5. For more details email


Recent Posts
Ryan Houston FInch Commercial Rugby MatchLorry Speed Limits England Wales