• Hannah Phillips

Digital Drivers Licences Way of Future?

People in NSW will no longer need to carry a physical drivers licence card if legislation is passed to allow the important form of ID to be used within the Service NSW app.

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The move follows a successful trial of digital drivers licences in Dubbo from October 2017, with the NSW Government hoping the introduction of legislation to Parliament will enable a state-wide rollout by next year.

If legislation is passed, a driver would be able to show their digital licence as proof of identity during a roadside Police check, as well as proof of age to gain entry into pubs and clubs.

Drivers who opt in will still be provided with a physical card, but not required to carry it with them.

The NSW Government says the move "will provide increased protection against identity fraud compared to the physical driver licence", adding "the rollout of the technology will be subject to an implementation plan."

Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, said the Dubbo trial was a big success and could lead to an important step forward for the people of NSW.

“Smartphones have become de facto wallets and we’re using cutting edge technology so that drivers can use a digital licence in everyday scenarios," he said.

Under the proposed legislation, the Road Transport Act 2013, Photo Card Act 2005, Gaming and Liquor Administration Act 2007 and the Liquor Act 2007 will be amended.

Find out more about digital drivers licences at service.nsw.gov.au.