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New driving licence rules when you hire a car in France

Posted on 05 May 2015 by

05.05.2015
New driving licence rules when you hire a car in France

If you are planning to hire a rental car on your holiday to France, prepare for driving licence changes being introduced by the DVLA this summer.

On 8 June the body is abolishing the paper counterpart industrial bounce house of your driving licence, leaving just the plastic photocard.

As the paper section holds information about driving offences, a new website is being launched so car hire firms can check details of customer convictions.

But with the changes taking place so quickly, there are worries that customers and foreign car hire firms will not know about the new rules.

New website

The DVLA has launched a new ‘Share Your Licence’ website where drivers can see full details of their convictions and qualifications, and receive a unique code which their car hire firm can use to access the driver’s record from the DVLA website.

Share Your Licence is available here: www.viewdrivingrecord.service.gov.uk/driving-record/licence-number

We tested the new site, and could log on provided we had our our driving licence number, national insurance number and postcode to hand.

Driving licence details and convictions are easy to view, although at this time (5 May) there is no option to download the unique code.

Reports say that the code will only be valid for only 72 hours, so if you are collecting your hire car more than three days after leaving home, you’ll have to renew your code from the DVLA site when abroad – so have your driving licence number and national insurance number to hand.

Check your hire car booking

If you are worried about your car hire company not accepting the new document (and who wants to take that risk), we think it’s a good idea:

  1. Give your car hire company a call to ask for an update
  2. Follow the steps to get your unique number
  3. Print out a copy of your driving record from the DVLA site
  4. Take a copy of your paper licence just in case

It sounds excessive, but better to be safe than sorry.

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