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changes to uk driving licenses , how will it affect car hire in vegas

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by marktaylor, Mar 19, 2015.

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  1. marktaylor

    marktaylor Low-Roller

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    on june 8th 2015 the uk driving license is going to change and the paper counterpart to the uk license will become obsolete , all the info on this paper bit will no longer have any legal status , and the DVLA ( driver vehicle licensing agency ) are telling us to destroy the paper part

    how does this affect getting our hire cars in the usa as i believe they require you to show both parts of your license

    it does state that all the details that were previously held on the paper part can be checked on line for free , but i cant see hire car companys wanting to spend more time checking your details online for every renter from the uk

    just for information the link is below

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes
     
  2. Pancakes

    Pancakes Low-Roller

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    I've never been asked for the paper section when hiring a car in Vegas. The Americans don't have this so the clerk is highly unlikely to even know it exists.
     
  3. Piggylane

    Piggylane Well-Known Member

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    I rent a car every week for business travel and have to produce an original drivers license which is plastic, hologram included. Same ID we use for TSA. You've rented cars without having to produce any ID at the exit? I'm confused or am I reading your response incorrectly?
     
  4. The Stig

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    What I think he meant was that he uses his plastic drivers licence for I.D, but has never shown the paper part of the licence which just contains any endorsements and points on your licence.
     
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    xavierx Low-Roller

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    I do not remember showing my paper counterpart on previous hires in the US (though I take it with me just in case)
     
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    Pancakes Low-Roller

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    Yep, what the Stig said :)
     
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    scottydoog Low-Roller

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    Never been asked for the counterpart in the last 10 years or so, although I did get asked for my passport at Sixt, and also when picking up a car from dollar at TI one time.
     
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    I've hired a car in various areas of the USA with no paper part required.

    I have been asked for my international drivers permit a couple of times though: http://www.postoffice.co.uk/international-driving-permit

    From memory it was in Florida though, where having one is compulsory.
     
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    Never took the paper part with me, let alone show it! :D
    They ask to see my pink card, and then send me on my way! :D (in Vegas, Orlando, SF and LA)
     
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