We've all been there; the front of a nightclub queue, a few drinks down, fumbling around your purse or wallet to try and find your ID before the big scary bouncer man bounces you away. Well, once upon a time - nowadays it's more like the checkout panic as you try to find your Tescos Clubcard. Or, if you're like our dads (sorry readers...) you might even have a scrap of paper with a mostly worn-out certification that you can do a parallel park.
Now, the DVLA is vowing to join the internet generation with a new digital driving licence, accessible through your phone. Because keeping tabs on that during a drunken night out is a better answer, hmm?
Don't panic technophobes - it will just start for provisional driving licences at first, alongside the physical paper test certificates, meaning youngsters will be able to access their passes through a digital smartphone app. The recent 'DVLA Strategic Plan 2021 to 2024' also suggests all licences will eventually be available in digital form, although the plastic licences aren't due to be phased out for the foreseeable future.
Previous attempts to adopt the change were apparently restricted by EU rules specifying the need for physical identification, so the "exciting post-EU freedom", as transport secretary Grant Shapps put it, means we're free to look at new avenues.
The DVLA's report also states: "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."