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Renting a car in the UK or Ireland? Some important changes to note

Posted on June 8, 2015 by FCm Travel Solutions UK

From today, the paper counterpart of the UK photo card driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by the DVLA. 

This means that from both the main and any additional drivers will need to provide evidence of any driving endorsements before you can rent a car in the UK or Ireland. This requirement also applies if you have a paper licence that was issued before 1998.

To save time at the counter in the UK and Ireland, you should bring a print out of your Licence Summary. The official date on the Licence Summary listed in the “date generated” box must be less than 30 days prior to their rental pickup date, otherwise it will be invalid.

To obtain a Licence Summary, visit: www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

You will need:

  • Driving licence number
  • National Insurance number
  • Postcode on driving licence

Once on the View Driving Licence web page:

  • Click on the “Share Your Licence Information” tab.
  • Click on the Create a Code button.
  • Click the link “to view, print or save your licence information” and print out a copy of your Licence Summary.

The Licence Summary is valid up to 30 days from the date it was generated.

Alternative option:

If you have no access to a printer, you can obtain the “Unique Code” that will be displayed – less than 72 hours prior to the pick up. This will allow the rental company to view the Licence Summary online. Unique Codes that are over 72 hours old will be invalid.

To obtain a Unique Code:

We do not envisage this causing you any unnecessary inconvenience, but adhering to the above should help expedite the collection process. Please remember to always take your plastic driver’s licence and a valid credit card to any collection. Old paper licences from pre-1998 will still be a valid form of driver’s licence, but a Licence Summary will still be required if renting in the UK or Ireland. 

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