Digital licences on the cards for UK drivers

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Chief Executive Oliver Morley has hinted UK drivers may soon have access to a digital version of their driving licence.

Since the scrapping of the paper licence last June, the DVLA has been working on the project to move further into the digital age.

A prototype app was released by chief executive Oliver Morley via Twitter, detailing how it could operate on an iPhone.

However, any form of digital licence wouldn’t replace the existing photo card version but, rather become an "add-on", as security remains a "priority".

Recent steps have been made by the DVLA to evolve their services online. Their website now includes enhanced services such as a facility to notify disposal of a vehicle.

Electronic services have been introduced to ensure that drivers can see the information previously shown on the driving licence counterpart. There is also an electronic facility which allows drivers to share this information with third parties should they wish to do so.

Chris Green, technology analyst at the business consultancy Lewis, thinks digital wallets have more of a service to offer moving forward: "People are getting more and more used to the technology because of e-ticketing," he said. "People are far more comfortable with the concept of keeping key information on their smartphone."