The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has revealed that its online Share Driving Licence has gone live after successfully passing the 18 service standards for government digital services hosted on GOV.UK.
The online service that allows drivers to view and share their licence online has been in beta phase for nine months.
A post on the DVLA Digital Blog suggests that the service will allow for better and safer licence checking for third parties – saving nearly half a million drivers every year from having to pay £20 to replace a lost counterpart. Share Driving Licence makes it possible for licence holders to check their details online, and for third parties such as employers, rental companies and driving instructors to check a driver’s record.
Since the launch of the public beta in May over 7.9 million records have been viewed with 3.3 million sharing codes created and over 1.2 million licence checks completed.
The blog post says that more usability testing is planned and the DVLA will be asking for further feedback from the companies that took part in the private beta.