The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is preparing to launch a digital driver’s license that will serve as an alternative to the physical card, according to LTO Chief Jay Art Tugade.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has developed a “super app” that will allow the electronic version of the driver’s license to be accessed.
“The advantage of the digital license is that motorists can present it to law enforcement officers during apprehension. It is equivalent to presenting the physical driver’s license,” said Tugade in a statement issued Monday.
Tugade stated that the digital license will be recognized by law enforcement officers during apprehension, just like the physical license, and will provide the public with an alternative to the official receipt (OR) as a temporary license while plastic cards are in short supply.
Apart from the digital license, Tugade also mentioned that the “super app” can be used for other transactions with the agency, such as license registration and renewal, as well as online payments. The security features of the physical driver’s license are also included in its digital version.
“We also appreciate the way the super app functions similarly to a wallet, containing all government IDs, among other things, within your mobile device,” he added.
Tugade believes that digitalizing more services will help eliminate corruption in the agency.
The LTO and DICT entered into an e-governance partnership in March to improve systems and processes in government agencies through digitalization. The exact release date of the digital driver’s license has not been announced.