• Smartphone licences to launch next year

  • The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency has revealed plans to offer motorists the option of having their licence on their smartphone by 2018.

    The DVLA’s new Business Plan for 2017-18 says a test version of the scheme will be launched in September and that a full service is expected to be available between March and April next year.

    “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 business plan says.  “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.

    “It will not replace the full driving licence.  The digital licence service will only be available to driving licence holders who have authenticated themselves on gov.uk 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.”