DVLA plans launch of digital driving licence
continuing digitalisation of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
services will include during 2017/18 the ability of drivers to check their
driving licence on their smart phone.
DVLA’s newly published ‘Business Plan 2017/18’ suggests that by September it
will have developed a private beta service delivering “a quick,
easy and secure service to allow customers to view a representation of their
driving licence on their smartphone”.
Drivers will be in control of their data and it can be
used to share and validate driver information with trusted third parties
through a secure website. However, the service will not replace the full
The digital licence service will only be available to
driving licence holders who have authenticated themselves on GOV.UK Verify
through the existing ‘View Driving Licence’ service. This service will be
available 24/7, wherever the driver has a web connection.
Reacting to news that drivers
may be able to store their driving licence on their smartphone as early as
2018, RAC spokesman Pete Williams said: “The majority of
motorists will welcome this advance as a positive step embracing technology and
making it easier and more convenient.
“Drivers will just need to be reassured that it is
totally safe and will not lead to increased fraud or abuse. It is also
important to note that this electronic licence is not a replacement for the
plastic licence and it will still be necessary for drivers to carry that with
them as the digital licence will only be available where there is a web