The photocard licence remains a physical document. The changes which took place on 8 June abolished the paper counterpart to the driving licence. Old style paper licences remain valid.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has actively engaged with the vehicle rental industry about the abolition of the paper counterpart to the driving licence. Recently, this has included weekly conference calls with the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and also a number of workshops with a large number of car hire company representatives.
A comprehensive range of publicity materials was developed specifically for the vehicle rental sector and its customers. These were intended to help businesses to prepare themselves and their customers for the change. These communications were also provided to Lease Europe, which is the European equivalent of the BVRLA.
The full range of publicity material is online at http://dvla.dft.gov.uk/dvla-aoc-toolkit.html