Digital driver licences launching in NSW

Digital driver licences launching in NSW

Matt Blowes June 19, 2019 Technology, IT Trends, Mobile

Drivers across New South Wales will soon be able to begin using an official digital driver licence on their phone. 

No specific date has been set for the launch but drivers will get access to a digital licence in the Services NSW app at some point August. 

iTnews reported the digital licences will be opt-in and NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the new licences reflect the growing move to digital wallets. 

“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.

The launch of the digital driver licences follows a successful trial in Dubbo (since late 2017), Sydney’s Eastern Beaches (late 2018) and Albury (May 2019).

How the digital licence works

It works similarly to a physical card licence as both a proof of age identity card and for driving purposes. 

It is believed drivers who opt to use a digital licence will continue to receive a physical card. The digital licence is only valid within NSW and a physical licence is required elsewhere in Australia and overseas. 

Boat, fishing and several other licences are already available in the Services NSW mobile app

Queensland will begin trials on its own digital wallet in "a regional area" by the end of 2019

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