Drivers can now apply for a driving licence without having to send in their passport, if it is one of the new digital type.
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has linked up with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to make it easier to apply for licenses.
The DVLA has now begun to accept nine digit numbers from digital passports as proof of identity. To achieve this, a link has been made between the two organisations' systems, to enable identities to be confirmed.
The DVLA can also use the photograph and signature from the passport, instead of requiring applicants to send in photos.
The solution makes use of the Omnibase system, which allows other government bodies to check details against the IPS database.
The DVLA is addressing concerns among drivers about sending through their passport in the post.
The majority of drivers with non-digital passports though – the ones with a photo and signature on different pages – will either have to continue to send through their passport with their application, or have it checked at a post office and pay a fee for the privilege.