From 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart to the photo card 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 photo card. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points.
Drivers with existing paper counterparts.
If you already hold a paper counterpart after 8th June 2015 it will no longer have any legal status. DVLA say you should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you must retain your current photo card driving licence.
Old type paper driving licence.
Paper driving licences issued before the photo card was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should NOT be destroyed.
Your driving licence details and entitlement will now be held on-line and you can check or share the details by visiting www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence. You can print your details if you wish and you can generate a code to allow another person/company to check your licence details such as a car hire company or driving school. If you don’t have access to the Internet you can call 0300 083 0013 and DVLA will provide a code for you. Or you can call 0300 790 6801 and leave permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person/organisation.