Welcome to our third update with regard DVLA’s commitment to abolish the paper counterpart to the photo card Driving Licence in 2015.

The latest update from DVLA is “Timescales for implementation are under discussion, but we can confirm that no changes will come into effect over the busy festive season

This issue contains updates on the new services in development, and also shares what we currently know about the charging model and the requirement for consent to check another person’s driving record.

View Driving Record (VDR)

View Driving Record has been launched and we now await the inclusion of the new Government Identity Assurance (IDA) service. It is understood that in future all users will access through the scheme.

Share My Driving Record (SMDR)

Share My Driving Record has now been shared with our ADLV user group as well as many other employers car hire companies and interested parties. Our response highlights a number of serious issues with regard data security and how companies could easily be exposed to data protection issues.

We will keep you updated to progress however the basis of the data subject allowing access via VDR appears not to have changed.

SMDR access controls

We hope to provide more information in the next update.

SMDR charging model

The new Share My Driver Record service will initially be free. However, this position will be kept under continuous review and is subject to change based on potential costs and other factors.

Not charging users for SMDR is based on the service providing the basic information available on the counterpart, which the driver can currently present free of charge to those who have right to view it. If enquirers require further detail on the record, they can choose to use any of the existing services, whose charges remain.

Consent from the Data Subject to access their data via e signature

To meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998, driver data can only be disclosed for driver entitlement checking purposes with the explicit consent of the data subject. Consent is valid for up to 3 years and, in most cases, is recorded on a paper mandate for audit purposes. We now have agreement to provide a process whereby we validate the identity of the data subject and once validated can undertake the check.

We have created a prototype which has been agreed by DVLA and are now in the process of creating our working model.

Once the counterpart has been abolished we will still continue to require consent however this new methodology will make the process so much easier.

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