Counterpart Driving Licence
From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving
licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.
The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details
that could not be included on the photocard. These details include
some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any
Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in
Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in
1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed. If you need to
update your name, address or renew your
licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.
This means that from 8 June 2015 neither the photocard driving
licence nor the paper licence will provide an accurate account of
any driving endorsements you may have. Instead, this information
will be held on DVLAís
driver record, and can be viewed online,
If you agree to take lessons with MSM you will be asked to pay in
This is normal practice for booking driving lessons, no pre-payment,
no lesson. You will also be asked if you can produce the driving
licence counterpart. If you cannot we will ask for your permission
to view your licence information on line.