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The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency is developing a digital driving licence for smartphones.

The Agency’s Chief Executive, Oliver Morley, tweeted a photo last month of a prototype on Apple’s iPhone Wallet app and said it would be an add-on to the current plastic card driving licence not a replacement.

The Wallet app can already be used to store credit cards, cinema tickets, boarding passes and so on.A fingerprint and passcode are required to make the payments secure.

Quoted by the BBC news website, CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood said:“Security has taken a significant step forward to support digital payments on phones, so the framework is in place for other secure applications, such as a digital driving licence.There are not many people in the UK that do not carry a smartphone with them every day, so it is a logical next step.”

According to the Driving Instructors’ Association, going digital could mean that licences could be delivered instantly and could help to reduce identity fraud.On the other hand, a digital alternative depends on the smartphone not running out of battery power at the wrong moment.