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Mon, 13 Jun 2016

DVLA developing digital licence

The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency is developing a digital driving licence for smartphones.
 
The Agency’s Chief Executive, Oliver Morley, tweeted a photo last month of a prototype on Apple’s iPhone Wallet app and said it would be an add-on to the current plastic card driving licence not a replacement.  
 
The Wallet app can already be used to store credit cards, cinema tickets, boarding passes and so on.  A fingerprint and passcode are required to make the payments secure.
 
Quoted by the BBC news website, CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood said:  “Security has taken a significant step forward to support digital payments on phones, so the framework is in place for other secure applications, such as a digital driving licence.  There are not many people in the UK that do not carry a smartphone with them every day, so it is a logical next step.”
 
According to the Driving Instructors’ Association, going digital could mean that licences could be delivered instantly and could help to reduce identity fraud.  On the other hand, a digital alternative depends on the smartphone not running out of battery power at the wrong moment.