- George Poland
DVLA looks to introduce digital driving licences by 2024
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has said that they’re “committed to developing a digital provisional driving licence by 2024”.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has said that the changes will make the UK transport network, “fairer, greener and more efficient”.
Provisional driving licences will be the first to go digital. This will be brought in alongside a DVLA app that will be able to display the virtual licences. Full driving licences will likely follow but the traditional plastic licence will stay around for the foreseeable future as an alternative.
MOTs will also get the digital treatment. This will see an end to paper certificates and bookings will be made on digital platforms.
Director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding, said “These days, the one thing drivers are most likely to have with them is their phone, so using it to carry their driver’s licence could be quite handy.
“The risk is that the more personal data we store on our phones, the more tempting a target they become for thieves and hackers.”
This news comes not long after several US states announced that they will be accepting IDs and digital licences on the integrated iPhone Wallet app.