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Hiring a car abroad - DVLA Code

Have any folks recently hired a car whilst on the Continent?


If so did the hirers insist on you having the DVLA code that should be used now that we don't have the paper part of our licence any more?


https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hiring-a-vehicle


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Nope. Two friends have hired in Spain and Portugal but have French licenses. No trouble.

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We've hired cars many times throughout the EU and other parts of the world, but have never ever come across the aspect that you have raised.


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Nope. Two friends have hired in Spain and Portugal but have French licenses. No trouble.

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I think it relates to UK licences only Ray


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We've hired cars many times throughout the EU and other parts of the world, but have never ever come across the aspect that you have raised.


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Is that relatively recently Mick...in the last year or two?


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Never been asked for in Portugal.
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Hi Graham,


Yes, within the past two years I can include hirings in Spain, Malta amd Madeira, and many of the Mediterranean Islands prior to that. In fact when we still had the paper part I never took it with us, just relied on the 'master' licence.


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No...just driving licence card and passport.

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I had a air conditioning regas in Portugal and they wanted some kind of number other than the reg or vin. I had no idea what they was on about. However, in the time honoured Portuguese tradition a muttered shoulder shrug solved the problem.

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I have logged on to the DVLA? website a couple of weeks before renting abroad to get a printout of the code that is required officially to present to the hire desk. It's a simple procedure and it's proof of any recent penalties or restrictions you may have received.

I don't recall any of the rental companies asking for it in the last couple of years but it would be a bummer if you didn't have it if asked. I have used the larger companies such as Avis and Sixt.

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