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British Driving License Is Heading to Apple's Wallet App

The move would allow British drivers to add their license into the Wallet application on iOS
May 14, 2016

Brits could soon have the option of adding their driving license into Apple’s Wallet app, according to the CEO of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The move would further bring the British driving license into the modern age, with the license’s paper counterpart having been abolished last year.

As someone who owns a British driving license, this is surprising and exciting news. MacRumors has the scoop, and points to a Twitter update (via The Independent) in which Oliver Morley, CEO of the DVLA, shows off a prototype version of a British driving license housed inside Apple’s Wallet app. As you can see, the driving license pass looks much like the standard British driving license itself, and would include the driver’s name, date of birth, date of issue, and date of expiry, alongside a photo of the driver.

The feature is described by the DVLA as “something we’re working on,” though we’re unsure how far a digital version of the driving license would replace the physical photo ID card. Here in Britain, the younger drivers most often use their license as proof of age when purchasing restricted products, namely alcohol. It would be an interesting move of the virtual card could serve this purpose for iPhone owners.

Apple Pay is available in the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Spain. And for users of the service, it’s becoming more and more possible to leave the house or office with just an iPhone (or Apple Watch), and to make all your purchases from the device. Adding a driving license to the Wallet app would allow iOS users to leave another physical card at home.

Here’s hoping we see the DVLA introduce the feature soon. Of course, we’ll keep you posted on this front.

The last of Britain's big banks started supporting Apple Pay earlier this year