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
We returned last weekend from Corvara after spending a fantastic week at Pension Angelo. The Colletts staff, as always, were just wonderful and made a huge contribution to the enjoyment of our holiday.
Great week, excellent accommodation, hosts and weather.
This was the most fantastic ski holiday ever in over 30 years of skiing. Yes the weather and snow were excellent but the organization behind the holiday made it a brilliant week. From being picked up and delivered to the airport to our guide Mario who accompanied us this was an amazing week. Mario , born and bred in the Dolomites added so much to the experience with his knowledge of the pistes and local history and couldn't have been more helpful. Staying in mountain Refugios often at the top of the mountain with amazing views was awesome. The cuisine in the refugios was excellent culminating in a six course gala dinner on the last night ( ok it was valentines night so don't expect this every week) A ski safari has set for me a gold standard , the only way to ski. Thanks
We were extremely impressed with Max and the team. They were all professional and personable.
Without being intrusive they showed attention to detail and were very informative.
It was Peter’s birthday while we were there and Max organised a lovely birthday cake.
While walking we were given lots of information about which mountains we were looking at.
The circular walk on the Saturday was particularly spectacular. Our guide Innis was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He made sure he spoke to every member of the group.
The food was flavoursome and substantial. Catering for several vegetarians seemed effortless.
We came back thoroughly refreshed!
We had a great week in Chalet Angelo, sun snow and excellent company. The transfers went very well and the staff were very efficient in organising ski hire and passes. We have always enjoyed the catered chalet format and are sorry that has come to an end, however looking forward to next year in Bracun.