Do we need to carry out Driver Licence Checks?

  • It is important in all cases that a driver’s licence is checked by a knowledgeable person at least every six months to ensure they still comply with the legal, insurance and organisational requirements.  It is important that all drivers understand that they are required to inform the operator if anything changes such as any medical conditions or they get points or are disqualified from driving.

    Operators should be aware that driving licence counterparts are no longer issued and that they were abolished.  In order to correctly check a drivers driving entitlement they need to ask the driver for a ‘check code’ which the driver can request using the link below, once the driver has provided the operator with this ‘check code’ operators can then use the service provided on the gov.uk website to see the DVLA records for that driver.

    Drivers can go online, using the service provided on the gov.uk website to check the details that the Driver and Vehicle Licence Agency holds on them.  They can also use this link to obtain a ‘check code’ that they can give to their employer or organisation they are volunteering for, this ‘check code’ gives the operator permission to check the drivers driving entitlements.

    Further reading

    CTA’s leaflet entitled ‘Driver Licensing – Permit Vehicles’, provides comprehensive information on this topic and can be found in the Advice Leaflet section of the website.