Driver’s licences going digital

NSW drivers will soon be able to use their smartphones as a ‘digital driver licence’ for roadside police checks and for proof of age in pubs and clubs, when digital licences are rolled out across the state soon.

Legislation will be introduced to parliament in the next two weeks to enable the phased statewide rollout of the digital driver’s licence — the first of its kind in Australia, NSW Services Minister Victor Dominello said in a statement on Sunday.

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

The NSW Government has said that digital licences will provide additional levels of security and increased protection against fraud compared to a physical licence.

Security features will include a hologram that moves as the mobile device does and all data will be encrypted so personal information can’t be retrieved from lost or stolen phones.

Drivers who opt-in for the digital service will still be provided with a physical card, but won’t be required to carry it with them.