The DVLA has moved its long-awaited licence-checking tool, Share Driving Licence, out of a private beta into a public beta ahead of the abolition of the paper counterpart on 8 June.

The free tool allows users to view the vehicle categories they’re entitled to drive and any endorsements or penalty points accrued.

The service allows driving licence holders to share information held at the DVLA with others – such as rental companies – while ensuring they stay in control of who sees it, the DVLA said.

It also enables users to share licence information with third party companies via a unique single-use code, which the third-party can use to access licence information.

The service can be found here.

In February, the DVLA produced a communications toolkit aimed at helping fleets to prepare for the upcoming abolishment of the photocard licence counterpart.

The toolkit includes banner adverts, briefing packs, leaflets, posters and a video designed to help raise awareness of the changes.

The toolkit can be found here.

 How to join the DVLA fleet scheme

Fleets wanting to join the DVLA’s fleet scheme can do so for free but need to have more than 50 vehicles in their fleet.

Fleets must provide a formal written request to join the DVLA scheme along with the V5C’s of all their vehicles to be included.

Once fleets have provided details of their fleet to the DVLA, the organisation allocates a fleet number, which is a unique identifier for use with a company’s address.

This number is added to all V5Cs of vehicles within that company’s fleet. DVLA maintain the fleet list to make sure name, address and contact details are up to date.