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DVLA check codes: What are they and how do you check them?

The DVLA has stopped issuing the paper counterpart of the UK driving licence. This has caused some confusion among customers who are trying to access their DVLA check code to hire vehicles.

Here’s all the information you need to know.

What is a DVLA driving licence check code?

The DVLA check code is the online counterpart of the photo card driving licence.

The code is used to access the DVLA database to check driving licence information, and it allows you to share your licence information with employers or car hire companies.

Your driving record is held on the DVLA’s database, which includes things like penalty points and the types of vehicles you’re permitted to drive.


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How to get a DVLA code?

You can get the code by visiting the DVLA’s website here.

If you’re hiring a vehicle from Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental, you can access your DVLA code using one of our tablets when you collect your vehicle. You can find out more about this by reading our terms of hire.

What do I need to get the DVLA check code?

To access your driving licence information, you will need your:

  • • Driving licence number
  • • National Insurance number
  • • Postcode (the one registered to your driving licence)

How long is the DVLA check code valid for?

21 days after it’s generated.

Can I use a DVLA check code more than once?

No. To protect each driver’s privacy, DVLA codes can only be used once.

How long does it take to access the DVLA check code?

The process should only take around 2 minutes to complete. However, this will depend on the device you’re using and your internet connection.

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