From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence is no longer valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. Further information can be found by visiting the DVLA page here.
The Share Driving Licence service allows GB driving licence holders to share their information held at DVLA with others online while ensuring they stay in control of who sees it.
You can view your driving licence including the vehicle categories you’re entitled to drive and any endorsement or penalty points you may have by using the free View Driving Licence service. You can also use this service to share your driving licence information with Principal Insurance, in order for us to validate your insurance policy. Driving licence information shared using Share Driving Licence will only be available with the consent of the driving licence holder.
The sharing feature has been built into the View Driving Licence service on GOV.UK. You can now generate a code to share with Principal Insurance. This code can be shared by email, text, face to face or over the phone. There is also an option to print or save a summary of the driving licence information.
It is a term of your insurance – known as “Validation” – that you provide the following documentation once you have purchased a policy from us within 14 days:
• Photographs of front and rear of your driving licence
• DVLA Share Code
• Proof of no claims*
• All of the above items are also required for any additional riders or drivers named on your policy
When you are ready to provide us with your requested items, you can either call or e-mail us.
Call: 0330 053 9580 ^
To find out more about validating your insurance policy visit our Validation FAQ page. If you can’t find an answer to your question on our FAQ page feel free to have a chat with one of the Principal team on our online live chat. Learn more about our live chat here.
Alternatively, you can call our Validation Team on 0330 053 9580 ^
^Calls to this number cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and must count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls.