We have given a warm welcome to initiatives such as miDGT to have the driver’s license on the iPhone and My Citizen Folder to have almost all our documentation or procedures also on the phone. And therefore we love to see how these types of initiatives rise to the European level.
Because it is the same European Commission that has proposed a fully digital driver’s license valid throughout the Unionwhich of course it would be possible to carry on the iPhone and that what is shown on the screen has the same legal validity as if we were showing the plastic card that everyone is used to today.
A card on your iPhone valid throughout the European Union, for better or for worse
In Spain we already have the digitized driving license with the miDGT initiative, but it ceases to be legally useful as soon as we leave the country. What the Commission intends is to have a digitized card on the iPhone that is valid throughout the European Union.
A card that we can have on the iPhone can simplify (and a lot) tasks such as its renewal or exchange in other territories outside the Union. The driving license would be universalized in which the iPhone (and other mobile phones) would become the perfect support. Maybe we can even have it on Passbook officially and legally?
The initiative is part of a broader package of measures, which includes, among other things, lowering the minimum age for be able to drive from the age of 17 and allow all drivers from the European Union to be penalized regardless of the country they are in. That you commit a serious offense in Finland? Well, you stay without driving in all the countries of the Union.
At the moment the proposals are in the inspection phase, and knowing the speed of the European bureaucracy we will have to wait a long time to see news about it. But the idea of a driver’s license on the iPhone is already there, and it looks like it will be common in the future.