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.
“Oliver wanted to use the post on Twitter as a way of sharing the latest things we’re working on with drivers.”
If the app is launched, it could mean motorists will not only have access to their licence for booking hire cars, or to show to police, but it could also be used as a form of ID.
Terry Hiles, commercial boss from licence checking firm Licence Check, said: “It’s a good idea in terms of saving people time looking for the card or using the app as a form of ID.
“However, a mobile phone is as open to being stolen as a card and the good thing about the card is that it will never run out of battery.”