What are the requirements for the UK (United Kingdom) driving licence holders driving in the UK?

A full and valid driving licence must have been held for a minimum of 12 months prior to picking up the vehicle and we shall need to see either your photocard or your paper licence (whichever applies).

UK photocard licence (post 1998). To enable us to validate your driving record each time you rent a car from us in the UK you, and any additional driver, will need to bring your UK photocard driving licence and the one-time passcode which can be generated from DVLA’s online service “Share Driving Licence”. To view and create a share passcode please go to https://www.gov.uk/view-driving-license. You will need details of your National Insurance number, Driving Licence number and home postcode.

UK ‘old style’ paper licence must also provide a Share Driving Licence passcode together with an additional form of photographic ID which can be a Full Valid Passport, an Armed Forces ID Card or a Police Warrant Card. No other form of identification will be accepted.

Please note that Share Driving Licence passcodes are valid for a period 21 days.

If you are unable to obtain a passcode online then you, and any additional driver, should call the DVLA Customer Contact Centre on 0300 083 0013 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm). If this is not possible then, provided you bring your National Insurance number with you when picking up a vehicle, we can help you try to obtain the passcode by giving you access to Share Driving Licence

For more information around the driving licence changes and guidance on using ‘Share Driving Licence’ we recommend a visit to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes

UK Nationals residing overseas are advised to use a driving licence of the country in which they reside or they will be subject to the above.

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