There have been a variety of reports recently highlighting the fact that the UK government may be looking at introducing digital driving licences in the future.

A report on the Register website outlined the following:

Security vendors have welcomed plans to trial digital versions of the UK’s driving licence.

The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) is working on a digital version of its driving license for smartphones, to serve as an “add-on” to the existing plastic card. DVLA chief Oliver Morley tweeted a snapshot of the prototype driving licence on his iPhone, later adding that security was a priority in its development.

Simon Moffatt, EMEA director at identity and access management firm ForgeRock, welcomed the move as part of wider UK government plans to deliver more services digitally. Consumers are becoming more comfortable with paying for goods by smartphones and paperless airline travel and this is likely to smooth the introduction of digital driving licences, Moffatt argued.

“As consumers are becoming more comfortable with using digital payment mechanisms and NFC (near field communications) for performing tap payments, a further extension of this would be of course to include further identity data in a digital setting,” Moffatt said.

“The benefits to such an approach apply not only to the service provider – in the form of efficiency gains due to a reduction in physical printing and renewals – but also for the end user, in terms of increased convenience, speed of issuance and hopefully reduced fraud.”

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