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InsureLearnerDriver | February 16, 2019

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Changes to Provisional Licence Applications

Changes to Provisional Licence Applications
George Trout
  • On January 27, 2015

The New Year might have been that much-needed encouragement that you needed to finally apply for your provisional licence. However, it is important to note that as of 8th June 2015 the counterpart (the paper version of your driving licence) will be abolished – you will now just simply be provided with a photo card.

The government have decided to place a Union Jack Flag on the UK full and provisional licence in England, Scotland and Wales.

Ever since the photo card driving licence was introduced in 1998 drivers had to rely on their counterpart licence to prove their driving status. At the moment, learner drivers attending a theory or practical driving test have to bring the counterpart along with the photo card licence in order for a test to be taken.

A Positive Outcome For Provisional Licence Holders

At InsureLearnerDriver we think this is a really positive movement for learner drivers! It is extremely common for learner drivers to attend either a theory test or a driving test forgetting the counterpart, and are therefore turned away and told to re-book for another day (and due to availability usually weeks later).

Learning to drive can be stressful enough and the smallest thing can trigger panic for learners. The fact that you have to track down your counterpart licence and bring it to your test is something that we are glad to see the back of this year and we’re sure that you are too!

Let us know what you think, do you agree with this or would you rather things stay the same?


  1. Anthony mills

    You think that because kids forget their licence it is good that they don’t have to remember it anymore? If they can’t do it we won’t make them. Surely it would be better to teach them to find it early and be punctual and organised and if not they will have to live with the consequences of their actions like the rest of the world.

    • Chloe Chivers

      Hi Anthony, we feel that one less thing for learner drivers to remember on such a stressful day is a positive thing, although we do agree that learners should try and be organised for their driving test – thanks for your comment.

    • Christopher Larkin

      Anthony, I think you misread the article. It is only the counterpart which is being abolished. The learner will still need to remember to carry their photo card license with them. I say good riddance – it is a pointless piece of paper that is easy to misplace and awkward to carry around. In this modern age where everything is stored in electronic format, I’m glad to see paper records being removed wherever possible. Taxing your car became so much easier once the need for paper MOT and insurance certificates were removed, and now proving your eligibility to drive has become much easier.

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