There are worries that the scrapping of the paper counterpart of licences in June could lead to car hire disruption this summer. Drivers will need to obtain a special online code before heading abroad or they may be refused a rental car.
Drivers have been told to destroy their counterpart from June as it will no longer be legally valid with endorsements being held electronically instead. There are, however, fears that some hirers will be turned away by car firms this summer as many insist on examining the counterpart to check on any endorsements or bans.
From 8 June, holidaymakers will have to log onto the web-based DVLA service the day before they leave and input their driving licence number and national insurance number. The system will then generate a one-time passcode which the driver can give to the hire company when they arrive at the desk. The code is only valid for 72 hours, which will mean that holidaymakers hiring a car in the second week of a foreign trip face having to find an internet café and log on abroad, or pay roaming charges.