Checking Driving Licence Advice For Driving Instructors

Checking Driving Licence Advice For Driving Instructors

From 8 June 2015, the driving licence counterpart will no longer have any legal status.
As an approved driving instructor, this will mean the following for you and your pupils:When presenting for lessons

You can check your pupil’s photo card licence for ID purposes. However if you want to carry out further entitlement checks you can do so by using either of the following:

  • ‘Share Driving Licence’, DVLA’s new online driving licence enquiry service
  • DVLA’s existing telephone, post and intermediary enquiry services

This user guide gives further information about how you can carry out further entitlement checks.

This user guide tells your pupils how they can share their driving licence with you.

When presenting for test

  • your pupil will need to show the examiner only their photo card licence
  • there won’t be an entitlement check – this will have been carried out at the time of booking the test

Change of address on licence

  • driving examiners won’t be able to offer the ADLI route if the pupil has a change of address
  • the examiner would mark the ‘licence not received box’ and give their licence back to them
  • the examiner will need to tell them to apply for their full licence using the form ‘D1 ‘Application for a driving licence’ (available from the DVLA form ordering service and some Post Offices)

If your pupil is an EU/EEA licence holder

  • they’ll need to apply to DVLA for a D91 form to be able to book their test – this will act as a counterpart
  • they won’t need to bring this along to their test because the entitlement check will have already been carried out at the time of booking the test

Further information

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