A unique code required to hire a car abroad


Anyone planning to hire a car abroad since last week will need to generate a special code. It comes as the paper counterpart of British driving licences is scrapped with records going digital in a move experts predict will save the Government £8million.

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Drivers instead will need to log onto the DVLA’s Share Driving Licence service before they leave to generate a unique code. This will require both your driving licence number and national insurance number. Without it, drivers could be refused a hire car. The code will enable the rental firm to access records which details convictions such as speeding and what vehicles a motorist is allowed to drive.

The code is only valid for 72 hours and this change has not been heavily publicised leaving many motorists oblivious to the change.

A DVLA spokesman said: “These changes should have no impact. Hire companies in the UK should be well aware of the change and the reality is the vast majority of hire companies abroad don’t ask to see the paper counterpart, only the licence itself, and therefore are highly unlikely to ask for its replacement. Our advice to drivers is to check with their hire company what documents or information they will be asking for.”

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