Share Driving Licence
Today the Share Driving Licence service moved from private to public beta. This new service allows GB driving licence holders to share their information held at DVLA with whoever they wish, putting users firmly in control. Although the Share Driving Licence service is available from today (Tuesday 19 May) you’ll need to keep hold of your paper counterpart as it remains valid until 8 June 2015.
This online alternative to the current driving licence paper counterpart has been several months in development. If you’ve followed our progress you’ll know that this service has been in private beta since the start of March and we’ve been collecting user feedback during this time to improve the service and user journey.
The new sharing feature has been built within the live View Driving Licence service on GOV.UK. Users can now generate a code to share with a third party. This code can be shared by email, text, face to face or over the phone. There’s also an option to print or save a summary of the driving licence information.
Check Driving Licence
If your organisation regularly checks the counterpart for entitlements or endorsements ‘Check driving Licence’ has been added to GOV.UK to allow you to check the licence using the code provided by the driver. With the driver’s consent you can view the details on a driving licence, eg the vehicle categories they are entitled to drive and any endorsement or penalty points, by using the code provided by the driver via our free Share Driving Licence service. This service also offers you the option to print or save a copy of the information.
This new service is offered in addition to existing services, and is designed for those who have a business need for real-time access to the information and would prefer not to call DVLA or use an intermediary.
Government Digital Service assessment
Throughout the development of this service we’ve been testing with selected users to ensure the journey is as simple as we can make it. Feedback has been very positive and we’ll continue to act on user comments and suggestions throughout the public beta phase.
Both Share Driving Licence and Check Driving Licence passed the Government Digital Service assessment on the 15 April to move to public beta meeting the 26 quality standards required to launch a digital service on GOV.UK.
For more information about changes to the counterpart driving licence go to www.gov.uk/dvla/nomorecounterpart
Further enquiries on abolition of the counterpart can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave a question via our comments facility below.
Please keep an eye on this blog and our Inside DVLA blog for further updates.