Drivers will soon be able to get their licences on their mobiles

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Motorists will be able to get a digital copy of their driving licences on their smartphones next year, according to The Sun.

The newspaper reported that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is busy working on the service, which was first teased in May last year when the government agency's chief executive, Oliver Morley, tweeted a picture of a prototype system.

The image showed an Apple iPhone's screen displaying the Pay app with a licence graphic. It seems the system could work similarly to the Apple Wallet, which is already used for storing airline boarding cards and hotel bookings, for example.

The move comes after the photocard licence's paper counterpart was abolished in June 2015 but, The Sun report claims the DVLA has said the digital service will not replace the plastic cards when it is introduced next year.

According to the tabloid paper, the DVLA said: "During 2017/18 we will be developing a quick, easy and secure service to allow customers to view a representation of their driving licence on their smartphone.

"The driver will be in control of their data and this can be used to share and validate driver information with trusted third parties through a secure website.

"The digital licence service will only be available to driving licence holders who have authenticated themselves on gov.uk through the existing driving licence service.

"This service will be available 24/7, wherever the driver has a web connection."