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Driver’s licences now available on phones

Published on Nov 25, 2019

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Mobile Drivers' Licences are in use.

 

Businesses such as bars, banks, hotels and tobacco retailers can opt-in to accept new digital licences, according to NSW Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello.

The technology has been rolled out state-wide following a successful trial.

It means drivers can now have the ID on their smartphones.

Businesses that check licences will get real-time customer information, such as change of address updates. If they require extra reassurance beyond a visual check, they can scan the digital driver licence via the verification feature in the Service NSW app.

Members, guests and visitors of registered clubs can use the digital driver licence to sign in by scanning the venue’s QR code upon entry.

The NSW Government website encourages club staff to “speak to their software vendor to begin accepting the digital driver licence”.

More than 14,000 drivers took part in trials across the state – in Dubbo, Albury and Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

“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.

“It will provide additional levels of security and protection against identity fraud, compared to the plastic driver licence.”

The NSW government says the technology will always remain opt-in, and have reminded drivers that the digital licences would not be accepted as proof of ID.

More from the NSW Government on the digital driver’s licence.

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