UK Developing Digital Driving License

The UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is working on a smartphone version of its driving licence.

The agency’s cheif executive, Oliver Morley, tweeted a photo showing a “prototype” using Apple’s Wallet app on an iPhone and explained it will be an add-on to the plastic card rather than a replacement.

The app already stores boarding passes and credit, debit, gift and discounts cards. Payment information is encrypted end-to-end and authorised with the user’s fingerprint or passcode.

Insight analyst, Ben Woods, 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.”

A technology assistant at Lewis, a business consultancy, believes digital wallets are “a massively underrated and under-exploited resource".

He added: "People are getting more and more used to the technology because of e-ticketing.

"People are far more comfortable with the concept of keeping key information on their smartphone."

A driver’s licence is due to be available in digital format in 2018.

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