How to check your driving licence

Last updated by mustard.co.uk on April 23rd, 2021

If you’re asked about your driving history but don’t know where to find the answer, the good news is that you can check it online. The service is managed by the DVLA and is quick and easy to use — here’s how.

 

How do I check my licence?

You can check your driving licence at GOV.UK. When you access your information, you’ll find a summary of your details such as your date of birth and address. 

You’ll also be able to see the types of vehicles you can drive, penalty points and any periods of disqualification.

To access the service, you’ll need:

  • Your driving licence number (you can find this on line 5 on your photocard licence).
  • Your National Insurance (NI) number.
  • The postcode on your driving licence. 

What is a driving licence check code?

A check code lets you share your driving record with other people, for example with a car hire company. 

You can generate a check code within a couple of minutes while you’re logged into your driving history. If you’re asked for a check code, bear in mind they’re only valid for 21 days and can only be used once.

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Can I check my driving licence number online?

If you can’t find your driving licence number, you can check it using your National Insurance number at GOV.UK, view driving record.

If you’ve lost your licence and don’t know what your NI number is, you can order a replacement online GOV.UK, replace a driving licence.

 

Do car insurance companies need to check my licence?

You may be asked for your driving licence number which can then be used to check your driving record using the MyLicence database. 

You’re not obliged to share your driving licence number, but it is a quick way for insurers to get the most accurate information about you. This can help them to work out a fair and appropriate premium based on your specific driving history. 

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