The DVLA has a new licence verification process; first, on how to share your driving license details if you’re a learner and second, how to check a student’s status if you’re an ADI. Both require the creation and use of a one-off code that the learner creates and the ADI can then use to check the student’s record held on the DVLA’s database. Here’s a quick overview of both processes:
- Head to www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence
- Enter the driver number and postcode shown on your licence plus your National Insurance number.
- Confirm that you have read the privacy notice.
- Click on the ‘View Now’ button.
- Select the ‘Share your licence information’ tab found in top right of the window.
- Click on the ‘Create a Code’ button.
- Make a note of the check code which is generated for you – remember it is case sensitive.
- Share this check code and the last eight characters of your driving licence number with your ADI so they can view your driving record online.
- How learner drivers can share their driving record with their ADI
How ADIs can check a student’s driving record
- Head to https://www.gov.uk/check-driving-information
- Enter the last eight characters of the driving licence number you want to check; this information should have been given to you by the student along with their check code.
- Enter the student’s check code.
- Click on the ‘Check Licence’ button.
- The student’s record will be displayed; from this window, you can also print or save out the record or check another licence.
And that’s it – as long as there are no technical gremlins, the new process should be simpler and more reliable as it offers more up-to-date information than the details featured on that archaic piece of paper currently clogging up drivers’ wallets/purses the length and breadth of Britain.