The code can only be used once and is valid for 21 days.
Make sure you check with your hire company what documents they will want to see.
Holidaymakers who need to share their driving history should use DVLA’s Share Driving Licence service to generate a unique code to share their licence details with the hire company To get the code, you’ll need your driving licence number, the postcode as shown on your driving licence, and your National Insurance number – as well as internet access, so watch out for roaming charges.
One in 12 drivers admits they have not renewed their photo-card for at least a decade and are therefore driving without a valid licence.
Although the DVLA recommends a fine of £1,000 for those caught driving with an invalid licence the police have the discretion to fine what they see fit.
However, if your details have changed or you need to renew your licence, you’ll need to let DVLA know.
The next time you apply for a new licence, you’ll receive a photocard instead.It’s the document that came with your photocard driving licence – if you received your licence after 1998, you’ll have one.It’ll have the code D740 in the top right hand corner and say ‘Counterpart driving licence’ at the top, along with your name and address.Since 8 June 2015, British holidaymakers may need to pack a special code from the DVLA to hire a vehicle.This is because the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence – the bit that shows your entitlements and any endorsements – is no longer valid and issued by DVLA.You can renew your photocard licence at the Post Office.