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Digital driving licence set for September reveal

Friday 31 March 2017, By Autovolo

Digital driving licence set for September reveal

Digital driving licence set for September reveal

You could soon be carrying your driving licence on your smartphone.

The DVLA is launching a digital service that will allow drivers to view their licence on their phone, and give them the ability to share their information with trusted third parties via a secure website.

Revealed in the organisation’s business plan for 2017, the service will first be unveiled as a private beta system in September of this year. The final system will only be available to drivers who have authenticated themselves before the application.

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 to carry this with you, as it will only be available where you have a web connection.”

The DVLA’s business plan states: ““During 2017/18 we will be developing a quick, easy and secure service to allow customers to view a representation of their driving licence on their smartphone.

“The driver will be in control of their data and this can be used to share and validate driver information with trusted third parties through a secure website.”