A guide to DVLA licence check codes
UK Drivers: licence check codes explained
Why do I need a check code?
Rental companies like to know that the people driving their vehicles are responsible drivers with a clean record. But how can they be sure of this? A UK driver's licence doesn't provide your full driving record, which is why as a UK driver, you will be asked for a licence check code. This guide will walk you through how to get a DVLA check code when renting a car.
What is a licence check code?
A licence check code is in essence a snapshot of your full driving history. The DVLA holds the details of all UK licence holders online and will produce a code upon request that states your driving licence information. This includes your driving status as well as any penalties and offenses you have acquired.
How do I get a check code?