I have just received a similar e-mail to Warwick's, from a UK car rental company.
The DVLA has announced that it will abolish the paper counterpart of the UK driver’s license next month.
So what does this mean for you?
From June 8, UK driving license holders renting a car in the UK will need to use the new online service ‘Share Driving License’.
Those who do not hold a UK driving license are not required to use this service.
What is this service?
This service has been set up to provide validation of a driver’s driving record.
This service replaces the paper counterpart of a driving license and can be used to:
• Create a license check code to share their driving record with someone else, for example a car hire company or employer
• View their own driving record, check what class of vehicle they are eligible to drive, penalty points and disqualifications
How do you use this service?
For car hire, a driver can view and create a one-time passcode by visiting https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-license
Here they will be asked to submit their:
• Driving license number
• National Insurance number
What are the limitations?
For traveling long distances, it is important to remember that the passcode will only be valid for a maximum period of 72 hours from the point it is generated.
It must be presented and still be valid when picking up any rental vehicle.
Is there another way to get a License Check Code?
Yes. Provided the driver brings their National Insurance number, a car rental provider can help them get the passcode by giving them access to ‘Share Driving License’ when picking up the vehicle.
UK driving license holders hiring vehicles outside of the UK and any drivers holding a non-UK driving license are unaffected by these changes.
After reading it several times, I am still confused.
`a driver can view and create a one-time passcode'
`it is important to remember that the passcode will only be valid for a maximum period of 72 hours from the point it is generated'
WHAT ? is it a one-time passcode or does it only last 72 hrs?