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The UK is following Iowa and Delaware in testing digital driving licenses

By midian182 ยท 8 replies
May 17, 2016
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  1. With so many people now carrying smartphones, an increasing number of traditionally paper-based documents are making their way onto the devices. In March, it was reported that a company was working on a “paperless passport,” now, the UK has become the latest place to reveal an early version of a digital driver's license.

    Last week, the CEO of the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Oliver Morley, tweeted a picture of a “little prototype” license on the Apple Wallet app, which lets users store digital versions of loyalty cards, gift cards, tickets, and so on.

    Morley followed this up with another Tweet, stressing that there was no timeline for the digital document’s arrival. He also added that it would not be replacing the standard plastic driving license but act as an “add-on,” which presumably would be used when the physical version wasn’t available.

    CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood told the BBC: "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 license. 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."

    It’s almost certain that when these licenses arrive they won’t be exclusively available to iPhone users. The DVLA may follow in the footsteps of Iowa, which is testing a similar system using a dedicated Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) app developed by MorphoTrust for the state’s Department of Transportation.

    In addition to the UK and Iowa, Delaware is investigating the idea of virtual licenses; it aims to become the first state to introduce them, possibly by the end of this year. And in New South Wales, Australia, plans are in place to digitize driver’s licenses in 2018.

    Image credit: MorphoTrust

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  2. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +202

    So I get pulled over by a cop and, instead of taking my license, he takes my phone? Now what do I play with while he takes 15 minutes to confirm I'm not a serial killer with warrants in 5 states?
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,155   +3,578

    Worse yet, if you "surrender" your phone to the officer, some take that as an opportunity to go through the entire phone, looking for something to bust you with. While it shouldn't be a problem, let's say you have the old traditional baby picture of your first born on a bearskin in their bare skin; Now days you are considered a pedophile rather than a proud parent and if you have one of your girlfriend or wife ... well it just gets worse and worse. Until the law is changed to protect you from prying traffic cops I think this will be a terrible idea.

    By the way, a number of police are suggesting you keep a photo of your registration and proof of insurance on your phone, in an attempt to do the same thing so BEWARE!
    Reehahs likes this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    A digital drivers licence? Over here a few greenback are all the licences we need... for anything... or so it seems.
  5. Thrackerzod

    Thrackerzod TS Booster Posts: 58   +43

    So what is wrong with plain old plastic driver's licenses? This seems like a solution in search of a problem.
    p51d007 likes this.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +776

    What could possibly go wrong?
  7. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 978   +324

    Not having something to play with is the last thing you should worry about if you voluntarily gave a cop your phone. Unless you password lock every app (there are apps that do that) they can and probably will check everything.
  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,894   +1,170

    Simple solution. Create a QR code, let the officer(s) scan that and keep possession of your phone, unless they have A WARRANT. As another mentioned, a solution in search of a problem.
    I'd stick with the good ole fashioned plastic card.
    Just because "it's new" (technology) doesn't make it better, just new.
  9. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 307   +189

    Ya...No hacker would use it to make a fake license.

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