New procedures concerning hiring a car abroad
Important: Please read the information below which pertains to new car hire procedures that were introduced in 2015. They affect anyone hiring a car abroad.
Your Counterpart Driving Licence
From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points.
Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.
Hiring a vehicle abroad – DVLA Share Your Licence Service
After 8 June 2015 if you are hiring a vehicle you will be asked to provide evidence of your driving record (entitlements and/or penalty points), you will be able to do this online for free by accessing the DVLA’s ‘Share Driving Licence’ service. This service is currently in development but will be available before the counterpart is abolished. The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders and will also allow you to download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared.
For full details please visit the DVLA’s website here.
To view or share your driving licence information visit the DVLA’s website here. You must take this as a printout with you to show to your car hire company.
What we reccommend if you are hiring a car
- Keep your counterpart licence – some car hire companies not aware of the changes will still want to see it.
- Use the DVLA’s new ‘Share My Licence’ website – You will be given a case sensitive code which you can give to your car hire company allowing them to check your endorsements and penalty points. Please note that this code is valid for 21 days and should be obtained just before you depart for your holiday.
- Print off your own driving licence summary to take with you
Customer Reviews & Testimonials
Really faultless service from the office staff. Great the way staff anticipated our every need e.g. getting ski hire done quickly and obtaining lift passes for us. Saved hours of time, when you are in a resort for the first time and don't know the ropes.
We had a self catering apartment at Bracun, because we are vegetarian and like to cook for ourselves as well as eating out.
We cannot speak highly enough of the team: Clare, Olivia, Peter and Henry. Welcoming, helpful, solicitous, tactful, warm and charming. Didn't seem at all phased by a party of superannuated crumblies like us!
Extremely well-chosen routes. As we were a small contingent outside the high season, the staff adapted readily, combining groups or adapting the itinerary to suit our age and stage.
Pete in the office booked us a private lesson at our request for 8.30 on the first day. I was sceptical that we would the manage all the logistics, but the staff made it all happen and the (excellent) refresher lesson with Wilma was done and dusted and we joined the main party at 10 for the day's activity.
Recommendation from a friend. Impressed from the first enquiry with Pete onwards. This holiday was a really outstanding holiday in every way. We have skied in Zermatt, Saas Fee, Tignes, Hintertux and lots of other places, but Alta Badia takes the biscuit.
Just back from a great ski, snow shoe and cross country ski week.
First time with Collett's and first time in the Dolomites.
Full on every day! Never skied so far so fast or walked such lovely snow shoe routes. Couldn't fault it.
As hosts, Nick, Becky, Max, Tina, Gemma and Innes were all excellent (and fun) and nothing was too much trouble.
Also thanks to Viv in the office for helping with advice and with the minor booking glitches.
We will be back!
Fantastic week at Haus Valentin in Badia, Dolomites. Great Chalet hosts, fantastic weather and good company (including Tom Collett and family!).
This was our belated summer holiday. We enjoyed a lovely week with Mick, Helen and Millie, and our group of 26 clients. The walks were excellent, though shorter than at some other venues - that gave us plenty of down time for some to enjoy the pool and hot tub at the villa, before making our way to gorge ourselves on delicious dinners from 'fry eggs Gustavo's' magic kitchen.
Being with the same group all week offered the advantage of getting to know everyone, and despite the paucity of flora due to the time of year, we enjoyed a cracking break.
Wonderful week walking in Tuscany. First the accommodation. Having been to Andalucia last May, this was heaven! Unbelievably thoughtful hosts in a delightful simple, quiet house, with exceptional food, not flashy or haute cuisine, but local and always interesting.
Walking was gentle but always interesting, and the other walkers were delightful company. The Italian towns were utterly charming - I love the idea of walking to lunch. OK the scenery was not Corvara or Ehrwald, but it had a gentle,subtle appeal.
And of course yet again the Colletts team! Gosh, how do you do it? They were delightful company, wonderful hosts, first rate guides (..not qualified, of course ... (though one of them was)). It was lovely to see Ben again and watch him lead us without ever being bossy, and Charlie and Caroline and Clare made the perfect team. Special, very very special thanks to Clare. We managed to ruin both her rest days by falling and having to be collected. My wife suffered a particularly bad fracture of her wrist (absolutely no reflection whatsoever on the team - just a simple mishap) and Clare picked her up in the van, brought her to hospital and stayed with her, and saw her through all the painful waiting, whilst messaging me about what was happening. No words can express our gratitude to Clare, her simple humanity and professionalism, and her ability to handle the Italian medical system and ensure that we were able to fly home the next day. [Let's hope, as a special reward for all she did for us, that she manages to bump into that anaesthetist again...]
So many thanks to you all for looking after us, and yes, we would go back. Tuscany is magic!