From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. If you already hold a paper counterpart, it will no longer have any legal status after this date. You should destroy your paper counterpart but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence (paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed).
The paper 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 endorsement/penalty points. From 8 June 2015, any new penalty points (endorsements) will only be recorded electronically, and will not be printed or written on either photocard licences or paper driving licences. 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. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record but can be viewed online (as well as by phone or by post) using DVLA’s free “View Driving Licence” service and it allows you to view the details are on your licence (including what vehicles you can drive and any penalty points you may have).
For any pupil taking lessons with me after 8th June, a pre-lesson check will be required (in addition to producing the photocard driving licence on the day of your first lesson), which can be done online by accessing the DVLA’s free Share Driving Licence service. You can generate a ‘check code’ to pass to me so that I can view your driving licence details.