DVLA driving licence changes: New digital licences promised by government



The DVLA has said there could be a massive change for driving licences, as the hard copies could be scrapped for digital versions.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said the Government is looking to bin the physical driving licence in exchange for digital ones.

The DVLA is now hoping to design an app for licences that will launch in 2024, and if the provisional licence is successful, it could been the end for full licences.

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Mr Shapps also said that EU rules had stopped the introduction of digital licences, and the move was part of “exciting new post-EU freedoms”.

He said: “This is a golden chance to shake off the bureaucracy, invest in our future, and realise our potential with world-leading transport that benefits all of Britain.”

In its strategic plan for 2021-2024, the DVLA said: “We will introduce a digital driving licence for provisional drivers and also start to build a customer account facility.

“This will ultimately give our customers personalised, easy and secure access to a range of services and allow them more choice in how they transact with us.

“Our services will be secure, scalable and resilient and we will continue to explore and expand the use of emerging technologies.”

According to Birmingham Live, driving charities and firms have already aired concerns about the new plans.

Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, 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.”

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