"If you already hold a paper counterpart, after 8 June 2015 it will no longer have any legal status. You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence."
The new change does not apply to:
- Photo card licences issued by the DVLA in Northern Ireland
- Paper driving licences (before the photo card was introduced in 1998)
HR departments should consider destroying the copies of counterpart driving licences taken when new employees join the company. Although one piece of photocopied paper doesn't sound like much for one employee, if you have a large amount of staff, there could be hundreds of out-of-date pieces of identity information. By destroying these copies, your staff can feel assured that there is no unnecessary information being kept on their behalf.
To destroy your personal paper counterpart, do not simply throw in the bin! Destroying a document responsibly will reduce ID theft and fraud. Consider using a cross-cut office shredder for maximum security.
Topwood's new Shred Truck has a large industrial high security, high-technologically advanced cross-cut shredder. A large HR department should consider using a reliable and professional shredding firm to dispose of their out-of-date documents to ensure a safe and secure service.