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UK driving licences could be on your phone as soon as 2018

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has announced plans to introduce drivers licences on people’s smartphones by 2018.

As the newly published DVLA Business Plan 2017 to 2018 lays out, a test version of the scheme will be introduced by September this year, with a full service launched between March and April 2018.

The 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. “

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Rather than replacing existing plastic licences, the new system will exist alongside the current method of licence cards.

It follows DVLA chief executive, Oliver Morley, tweeting about a prototype for the scheme back in May 2016, along with a photo of an iPhone showing the digital licence on the Apple Pay app.

Elaborating on the project, the Business plan goes on to explain: “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.

“This service will not replace the full driving licence. The digital licence service will only be available to driving licence holders who have authenticated themselves on through the existing driving licence service.

“This service will be available 24/7, wherever the driver has a web connection. We will develop a private beta service by September 2017.”

More details should be forthcoming in the near future, so stay tuned for more.

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