From the 8th of June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence isn’t valid and is no longer issued by DVLA. Find out what this means for DBS applications.

From 8 June 2015 you will only need to see the photo-card which will be a valid group 1 document.

The application form will be updated to reflect this change

What this means for driving licence holders

  • Photocard driving licence holders
  • When DVLA stops issuing the counterpart, you should destroy yours but you still need to keep your current photo-card driving licence. Entitlements and the status of your driving licence won’t change.
  • Paper driving licence holders (those issued before 1998)
  • These will remain valid, and should not be destroyed. The next time you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photo-card only.