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
Once again we have had a great holiday in the Dolomites staying At Chalet Angelo. You really have a great team all of whom go out of their way to ensure each person has a great holiday. The food was outstanding and office hour a great oportunity to meet other guests. With a great range of walks on offer I took advantage and walked almost every day I was there. Really appreciated the very positive feedback on the history walks and presentations. I think the fact that I have been returning for 15+ years reflects the fact that you offer really great walking holidays Looking forward to next year already!
Me and my two sons had the best five days ever in the Dolomites, The organization was spot on , punctual and helpful. We stayed at Chalet Roch in Corvara , very clean and comfortable. The only thing we missed was the tea/ coffee making facilities in the room, that would have been great after a long wet walk! That’s only a minor point , thanks for a great holiday- we’ll be back !!
I was part of a group of a recent 10 day walking holiday in Corvara. Via Ferrata was a "taster" for me and a thrilling experience. I would thoroughly recommend this holiday:)
The weather was great in August 2019. Collett's staff were excellent. They were very friendly, mature, experienced and well-equipped with people's & communication skills.
Well Done Collett's !!!
Although we have completed the online holiday questionnaire, I felt it important to send a letter of thanks.
We had such an enjoyable and happy holiday and our 11 year old was able to extend himself well beyond his comfort zone. It was very much the daily variety of activities which held much appeal. Your staff, and in particular, Anna and •Ben could not have done more.
Hutte food acted as a good incentive! We scrambled up walks using cables, collected numerous stamps at the Alpine huttes, went up the Zugspitze (in the cabine, and Dad realised he had vertigo!), played golf at the Tiroler Zugspitz, careered down on the Biberwier toboggans, hurtled down the Alpine coaster at lmst and a warm boat trip on Heiterwanger See.
However, the walk up the Hollentalklamm was the highlight. We got utterly drenched (out and back), not only from the gorge water but also the unrelenting torrential rain as the water cascaded along the floor and through the tunnels! It made the arrival at the Hollentalangerhutte all the more enjoyable. The hutte guardians could not have done more... a drying room, piping hot gulaschsuppe, Kaiser Schmarren, ski Wasser and hot chocolate! It was hard to leave.
We appreciated the varied wholesome meals at the Hotel Sonnenspitze along with the relaxing atmosphere of Ehrwald itself. You have a good formula which works. Without doubt you and your colleagues have developed a good business, which has come a long way since my first holiday with Collett’s in Arabba. I recall us meeting on your very first ski chalet holiday in Arabba. Happy days!
We booked a 2 night, 3 day 'difficult' hut-to-hut trek with Collett's and had a great time. The whole trip was well orgnaised and we loved the rifugios. Materials (maps, FAQs, etc) were provided well in advance.