From 8 June 2015 the paper part of the driving licence will be abolished in favour of a new service which will let drivers check their licence information online.
This new service will allow you to view your driving record online, including information such as vehicles you can drive, penalty points, and disqualifications. It also allows you to create a licence check code to share your driving record with someone else, for example your employer or a car hire company. This code can then be used by anyone to check information such as what vehicles you can drive, any penalty points or disqualifications, your name and the last eight characters of your driving licence number.
It's important to remember that this licence check code only lasts for 72 hours, so if you are hiring a car make sure you don't request it too early. When travelling abroad it's also recommended that you take your paper licence, just in case, as companies abroad may not be fully aware of these changes.
To access this new service please visit the gov.uk website. You will need your driving licence number, your National Insurance number and the postcode on your driving licence.
Please note you can't use this service:
More information on these changes can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes