You could soon be swapping your driving licence photocard for a digital file on your phone if trials starting this month prove a success.
The new digital licence could be available as soon as 2018, according to DVLA bosses.
A tweet, see below, by DVLA chief executive, Oliver Morley in May 2016, revealed that a prototype for a digital licence was in development.
The tweet showed an iPhone screen displaying the image of a licence in the Apple Pay app. In an additional tweet he explained that the digital licence will not be replacing the existing plastic licences and is simply an add-on that is possible since the scrapping of the counterpart licence.
— Oliver Morley (@omorley1) May 13, 2016
A digital version of the licence will be put out on trial during September, allowing motorists to carry a copy on their smartphone.
The DVLA said: “During 2017/18 we will be developing a quick, easy and secure service to allow customers to view a representation of their driving licence on their smartphone.
“The driver will be in control of their data and this can be used to share and validate driver information with trusted third parties through a secure website. This service will not replace the full driving licence.
“The digital licence service will only be available to driving licence holders who have authenticated themselves on gov.uk through the existing driving licence service.
“This service will be available 24/7, wherever the driver has a web connection. We will develop a private beta service by September 2017.”
The driver will be able to control the use of information on the licence, and allow it to be shared with third parties, such as car rental firms if required.
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