The driving licence was introduced in 1903, joined in 1998 by the photocard. The next significant step in the evolution of the driving licence which the DVLA is working on is a digital version stored on a smartphone.
Oliver Morley, CEO of the DVLA, revealed the news on Twitter, along with a picture showing a driving licence on a phone:
In the photo the digital licence is stored in Apple's Wallet, a digital wallet which can be used to store credit and debit cards, tickets and boarding passes.
In a follow-up tweet Morley said the prototype digital licence was an add-on and not a replacement for the photocard.
There’s no timeline for release, according to Morley, who added “security our priority”.
In 2015 the DVLA abolished the counterpart driving licence in England, Scotland and Wales, to save money, but also to ensure employers weren’t relying on a piece of paper that could contain out-of-date information.
Details are scant at the moment, but a digital licence could potentially mean address and points changes could be updated almost instantly.
We’ve approached the DVLA to find out more information, and will update this article with more information when we get it.
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