8 JUNE 2015
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Today (8 June) sees the end of the paper counterpart to the UK driver's licence. From now onwards endorsements will be held on-line on a database administered by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
Avis/Budget have gone one further step by saying that they will not be checking on endorsements only asking for hirers to bring their plastic photo card licence identification. The thinking is that they do not want customers to face any disruption when collecting their vehicle. They reserve the right to check on the database if required.
In many countries around the world the paper counterpart is not required today, but there are some that have to due to insurance reasons. Avis recommends UK customers renting cars abroad to visit the DVLA's 'Share Driving Licence' portal and bring along a print-out of their licence, which shows current restrictions and penalties. www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence www.avis.co.uk
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