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Do you still need a DVLA code to hire a car?

Because the UK driving licence no longer shows penalty points and endorsements, many rental agencies will perform a check with the DVLA to check your driving history. If you have recent endorsements, the company may refuse to rent you a car. As a general rule of thumb 6 points in the past 6 months is acceptable, anything above that you need to check direct with the rental company.  

It is advised to access and print off a copy of your driving history from the Driving and Vehicle Licence Agency website. The copy is valid for 21 days and will be accepted by the rental company. If you have not downloaded a copy, the rental company may perform the task, but some may charge a small fee. This is the link to view and download a copy of your driving history, click here

How do I get a car hire licence check code?

You will need your NI code and driving licence code at the ready.

  • Login to the Car Hire Code Check portal
  • Enter the requested details for ID identification
  • Agree to terms and click  ‘Get your check code’
  • Save a copy of the report and print off a copy for the rental company

Do I need a DVLA code to hire a car in the USA?

To hire a car in the USA you do not a copy of your driving history from the DVLA. The only advice we give is that If you still have a paper licence, and it is in bad condition, get it replaced before your trip to the US

Will the rental Company accept a photocopy 

Contrary to what the DVLA may say, faxed copies or photocopies of your driving licence will NOT be accepted.

Do I need a DVLA code to hire a car in France?

French rental companies will not ask for a DVLA Hire car Code.

What documents do I need to hire a car in UK?




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