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Hiring a car abroad

As driving licences issued in England, Scotland and Wales no longer have a paper counterpart, most hire companies are now requesting a 'check code' before you can hire a car abroad.

  • This code is required so the hire car company can check your driving record
  • The code will be valid for 21 days

Getting your 'check code'

You can get a code from the DVLA website.

To get the code you'll need:

  • your postcode as shown on your driving licence
  • your driving licence number
  • your National Insurance number

You'll need to give the code to the car hire firm abroad, this lets them check what vehicles you can drive, any penalty points or disqualifications you have and the last eight characters of your driving licence.

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