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I am taking my family on holiday to Spain in two weeks and I have booked a hire car with Europcar while I am there.
However, I'm worried that I will not be able to drive the car away when we get there as I do not have the paper part of my driving licence.
I know that the paper part is no longer needed in the UK, but a friend told me that it would be necessary to hire a car in Spain.
My wife does not drive and we will need a car to get to and from the villa we have booked on a daily basis, so it will really ruin the holiday if I am unable to hire a car. Can you help?
H Gordon, Chester
Dear Mr Gordon,
There is a lot of confusion at the moment over what no longer having a paper driving licence means for people hiring a car abroad.
However, the good news is that it actually seems simpler to hire a car overseas than it is in the UK.
In the UK, on the other hand, you must obtain a code from the DVLA within 72 hours of hiring a car so that car hire firms can check information about restrictions and penalties on your licence.
You can generate a DVLA code by visiting the DVLA website and entering your driving licence number, your National Insurance number and the postcode on your driving licence.
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