New driving licenses

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Identification and accountability for better road safety

The driver's license is a document with multiple uses. On the road, it gives its holder the right to drive certain vehicles. Very often, it also serves as an identity document, particularly in countries which do not have a national identity card program. This is just one more reason why it has to be highly secure.

States have more recently developed the international ISO/IEC 18013 standard, which came into force in 2009 and outlines the framework for migration towards a secure, credit card-format document.

Driving License 

The standard stipulates the use of visual security elements comparable to those used on identity cards and passports. It also lays down a standardized structure for the basic data set (IS0 1813-1).

The material adopted by Europe is polycarbonate, a durable medium, which is hard to counterfeit. Cards of this type can have a life-cycle of over 10 years.

Gemalto offers a wide range of cards, from secure chipless cards to a high security cards with contact and contactless interfaces, as well as comprehensive solutions for driver management and registration, the issuance and checking of documents, in addition to managed services for the issuing of licenses on behalf of Governments, as in Norway.

With its expertise in polycarbonate and innovative security features, Gemalto is proud to contribute to the new Greek, Norwegian and UK driver'​s license initiatives.

Several countries have already opted for the credit card format and smart card for their driving license programs by selecting Gemalto as their partner.
India, Australia,El Salvador and Mexico are just some of Gemalto's customers in this area.

Digital Driver's License

Today, many government agencies in charge of vehicle reg​​istration and driver licensing are investigating a smartphone version of their driver's license. These digital driver's license or mobile driver's license could bring more convenience to citizens and bring new opportunities for transactions that require some form of identification.

Standards are far from being defined. However, digital driver's licenses can expand rapidly as a companion form of ID to physical driver's licenses.

Gemalto Mobile DL solutions bring technology and implementation models which take into account user-friendliness, the local driver's license schemes and practices (drivers, Police, service providers…), and offer the highest level of security in both credential storage, data transmission and verification.

In North America, Marquis ID Systems (MIDS), a Gemalto Company, has developed solutions from secure enrollment to issuance and document verification for Departments of Motor Vehicles and is presently working with eleven states. Marquis IS Systems solution for Mobile driver's license is a highly secure way to deliver, store and manage the lifecycle of a driver's license on a smartphone.   

Want to know more about digital driver's license? visit our web dossier .

Digital Tachograph​​​​

The digital tachograph in Europe is a technical achievement for enhanced road safety in Europe. Learn more about the project and its benefits​.

Sealys Tachograph is a complete product offering, designed to meet all the requirements set by EU tachograph regulations. Learn more about our solution​​.

For more than ten years, Gemalto has contributed to nu merous  tachograph card projects that now extend to 34 differen​t countries. The acquisition of Trüb in 2015 brought together the two leading companies offering tachograph card solutions. This long and broad experience ensures smooth running of new tachograph projects and the efficient achievement of mandatory certifications and type approvals.

Electronic Vehicle Registration Cards (eVRC)

There is growing interest in the introduction of a highly secure electronic registration document to fight fraud, gain savings by dematerializing processes and bring convenience to government administration, private businesses and citizens with effective e-Services.

Gemalto Electronic Vehicle Registration cards offer a flexible approach for electronic vehicle registration card and its related use cases from modules to turn-key projects.

We can offer:

  • Versatile IAS electronic application for secure vehicle data storage and eServices with secure polycarbonate or PET/PVC cards
  • Flexible end-to-end solution: enrolment, issuance, verification, eGovernment infrastructure
  • Managed issuance services to leverage the power of outsourcing

With Gemalto Electronic Vehicle Registration cards, you can:
  • provide ultimate document security and effectively prevent attempts to modify or change data
  • allow secure identification of the owner
  • facilitate efficient road side checks
  • track the entire life cycle of new and second-hand cars
  • enable smarter management for taxes, insurances and fines


El Salvador introduced eVehicle registration card in 1998 to streamline and centralize administrative processes as well as to tighten up security in order to fight vehicle theft, illegal importation, identity theft, and to reduce fraud related to counterfeit documents. The smart card solution helped to fully automate procedures and processes for government management of vehicle registration, licensing and tax and fine payments. It also enhanced safety for the general public. Furthermore, it improved the Tax Administration’s ability to collect fees compared to the previous procedures. In the first year of the new service, tax evasion was reduced with a 35 percent annual increase of taxes paid compared to the previous year. The higher rate of collection in the vehicle circulation tax was due to a greater control and ease of payment procedures.

India implemented an infrastructure that now offers immediate access to information about drivers and their vehicles to police and other authorities. The latest development has been a common layout for eVRC with standard security features for all states (cross-border verification.

In addition to road safety prevention measures that will leverage applications such as "Point-record driving license" and vehicle control history, Moroccan Ministry of Transport aims to use e-driver's license and vehicle registration cards to provide citizens with a set of services that touch multiple facets of their daily lives.

​ Morocco’s eDL and eVRC could gather future applications for public transportation, motorways tolls, insurance and tax payments, etc.



  • Steering the future with electronic Driving License

    Steering the future with electronic Driving License

    Deliver more with less This white paper describes how new wave of secure electronic driving licenses (eDLs) can trigger changes and create many opportunities for authorities.

    Steering the future with electronic Driving License