Driver Code required when hiring a vehicle

When collecting a vehicle from a hire company many only ask to see your photocard licence or your pre-31 March 2000 paper licence – but some also want to check whether you have any penalty points. They may ask for a code so that they can check your licence online or for a printout of your licence details.

What’s needed varies from company to company and between locations, so it is essential that you check with your hire company before you travel.

Getting a code or printout for the hire company

You can go online to obtain a code to give to your hire company. Each code is valid for 21 days from the date you obtain it and it can only be used once (to protect your privacy). You can have up to 15 active check codes at any given time.

To obtain a code or a printout:

  • Go to View Driving Licence
  • Enter your driver number and postcode, as they appear on your driving licence, and your National Insurance number
  • Click on the ‘Share your licence information’ tab – then the ‘Create a code’ button
  • You will now be shown a code that you can pass on to your hire company. You’ll also have the option to print out your licence information

In order to check a driver's full details we require a DVLA check code

This code is valid for 21 days from the date it was created. It can only be used once, to protect the driver’s privacy.

If a customer arrives without a code or a printout they can call DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and leave permission for their driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated hire company. You can then call DVLA on 0906 139 3837 (calls cost 51p per minute) to check the driver’s details after they’ve given their permission.

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