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Driving licence codes extended amid car hire confusion

72-hour limit extended to 21 days just a month after being introduced

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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has extended the validity of codes designed to share driving licence information, just over a month after the codes were initially introduced.

Since the paper driving licence counterpart was abolished last month, drivers have been required to generate a secure single-use code from the DVLA in order to share their driving licence details with employers and car hire companies.

Time limit extension

When the new rules came into place on 8th June, the DVLA codes were only valid for 72 hours. From today (10th July), this will be extended to 21 days.

It’s thought this change was introduced to cut confusion among holidaymakers hiring cars abroad, as well as cutting queues in car hire companies.

System teething problems

Many drivers experienced difficulties with hiring a car abroad with the previous 72-hour time limit, as in many cases they had to generate the code before their trip to avoid it expiring before they hired the car.

There have also been reports that many car hire companies and employers carrying out driver checks are unaware of the new rules.

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