In the digital world of today, there aren’t many businesses or organisations who haven’t had to adapt with IT and technology

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is no exception. They’ve announced that they are working on a smartphone version of its driving licence.

Chief executive Oliver Morley tweeted a photo showing a “prototype” using Apple’s Wallet app on an iPhone.

For those techno-phobes thinking “they’ve only just scrapped the paper licence and asked us to get licence cards”, Morley confirms that the digital licence will be an “add-on” to the plastic card rather than a replacement.

Will it be secure?

The app that the DVLA are suggesting would house the driving licence, Wallet, already stores boarding passes and credit, debit, gift and discount cards. Payment information is encrypted end-to-end and authorised with the user’s fingerprint or passcode.

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.

What does this mean for me?

Well right now, not much. You can carry on using your licence card as you did before. But what this development does show is that every single business and organisation is having to adapt to the technology of the time: enhancing the way that we do business. Perhaps, if you’re not already, your business should be thinking about how your business could benefit from rapidly changing IT and technology, and take us along to help you out.