The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is working on a prototype iPhone app that will let drivers store their driving licence in their Apple Wallet.
DVLA chief executive Oliver Morley posted an image on Twitter to show what the new app would look like and confirmed it was in development.
Morley said there is no timeline for when drivers can expect the app to be launched and insisted it would be an add-on, rather than a replacement for the photocard.
Morley told his Twitter followers that development of the app has been made possible due to the paper counterpart being scrapped.
He said security would remain a “priority”.
A DVLA spokesman told Autocar: “The driving licence app is also being developed for Android and other mobile platforms. We couldn’t launch something and it not be available across all mobile platforms.
“This is all still in the early stages of development and it is just a prototype at this point, so there’s no commitment from us that it will launch.