Nascent plans to release an app version of the UK driving licence have been revealed by the DVLA’s CEO.
A tweet by Oliver Morley has revealed an iPhone displaying a driving licence. After being quizzed further on the social media platform, he said that the image displayed a prototype for which there was “no timeline yet”, and would not be a replacement for the photocard, instead an add-on.
— Oliver Morley (@omorley1) May 13, 2016
Security was priority, he added, and such a plan was possible because the DVLA had ditched the counterpart to the driving licence last year.
Such a move would seem natural for the licensing agency, having previously used technology to update many of its other services.
In January it went live with its Share driving licence, which enables drivers to have their licence checked online without the need for the paper counterpart. Between May 2015 and January, the beta was viewed 7.9 million times with 3.3 million sharing codes created.
The DVLA has also produced a video explaining how it is using tech to transform its operations.
It is also a sponsor of the TechHub Swansea digital services initiative.
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