Electronic Driver's Licenses: Driving towards the future

17/07/14

eDLs present a significant opportunity for issuing authorities to provide meaningful services to motorists. At the same time, these new licenses can simplify administration, provide higher-quality data and services, and can make organizations more efficient. Compared to traditional licenses, eDLs are easier to inspect. Inspecting officers can focus on their interaction with the citizen, letting the inspection terminal handle the task of authenticating the document. This makes document inspection faster and easier for everyone.

eDLs also support new eServices, such as at-home online services, which save citizens from waiting in long lines at authority offices, filling in paper-based forms, and waiting for response letters. Automated services that can be accessed from the car or the roadways are also possible. These can be national projects, but can also be supported on regional and even municipal levels.

The new ISO/IEC 18013 standard for eDLs provides a framework for interoperability beyond national borders. Document designs typically need to be updated every few years, and this presents a good opportunity to transition to electronic-enabled formats. The added investment of issuing an eDocument over a traditional document is easily offset by the many benefits that these new designs have to offer.

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Electronic driver's license: driving towards the future
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