DVLA Mobile Phone App – Driving Licence Details

The DVLA developed a way to use their View and Share driving licence online services using a QR code that is stored in a mobile phone.

This gives customers greater choice in how they access DVLA services and in a way that suits them. Most people have their phone to hand at all times and this is a convenient, easy and secure way for drivers to confirm their licence details when they need to.

Features and Benefits of the DVLA View and Share App

Taken from the original DVLA blog post. The existing View or share your driving licence information service allows drivers to share their licence information with third parties – such as employers and car hire companies – by generating a unique, single-use check code. The code lasts for 21 days and third parties can redeem it on GOV.UK using Check someone’s driving licence information.

These services have proved a hit with drivers and stakeholders, with 22 million individual share codes generated since they were introduced 3 years ago. Even though these are popular services, users told us they wanted greater flexibility by using the technology in their mobile phones.

How it works

The new service works by generating a QR code which can be easily scanned by a third party to see the driver’s licence information.  This includes driving categories and entitlements, and any restrictions, endorsements or disqualifications they may have. The same rules apply every time you generate a check code via GOV.UK – you still need to show your physical driving licence on request.

As well as individual motorists, our customers include the police, central and local government, the vehicle hire industry and employers. We want them to be able to choose how and when they access our services and consume our data. The service is another great example of this.