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The paper or plastic driving licence could be consigned to history as India announces that it will allow motorists to store the documents on their smart phones.
Under its proposals the information will be kept in the cloud, with drivers able to keep digital copies of both their licences and car registration documents on their phones, Mashable reported.
They will need to install an app called Digilocker onto their device and register with the service. The police in India have confirmed they will recognise the documents presented for inspection on a smart phone.
India launched Digilocker last year, encouraging people to store official paperwork including identification documents, voter ID cards and college certificates in the cloud.
The purpose of the Digilocker initiative is to reduce administrative expense and streamline government.
In the United States, Iowa is encouraging drivers to keep an electronic version of their driving licence on their phones. It would work in a similar way to electronic boarding passes used by many airlines.
One advantage of an electronic licence is that it would be quicker for police to check if they pull a motorist over.
In Britain the days of the traditional paper train ticket, which has been used by passengers for more than 170 years, also appear to be numbered.
The industry and the government have been working on a smart card which could be used on all public transport.
Earlier this year the industry was reported to have set an eight year deadline for the transition which would see passengers using smart cards or their phones to store their tickets.