New driving licence rules mean you may need a code to hire a car - but you've now got three weeks to get one
New rules mean you need to request a personal code from the DVLA up to 21 days before picking up a car either in the UK or abroad. This is so hire firms can check for points, as paper licences are being scrapped for photocard holders with licences issued after 1998.
When the change first came in earlier this summer, you had to use the code within a 72 hour window but after complaints this was extended to three weeks.
You may not be asked, but to be safe ensure you get one in advance.
- To get a code, you'll need to request one from the new Share Driving Licence online service that will be launched via Gov.uk or by calling 0300 083 0013.
- You will need to provide your driving licence number found on your photocard or on your paper driving licence for paper-only motorists, national insurance number and the postcode on your driving licence.
- Download a PDF of your licence. It will be worth taking as a precaution - though you will still need the code.
- Give the code to the rental desk when you pick up your car - it effectively gives the company temporary access to your licence info. Remember you've only got 21 days to use it, so be organised.
These changes do not apply to photocard licences issued by the Driver & Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland.
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