The Third diving licence Directive came into effect on 19 January 2007. It provides Member States with an option of placing a chip on the licence but the requirements/specification for the chip must be formally agreed and published by the EC Commission before Members States can take up this option. For some time, Member States have pursued the concept of using microchip technology on the driving licence.
The Final Report of the EReg Topic Group VIII. Reports the outcome of the discussions on Smart Card Driving Licences. It identifies: