Digital driver's licences could soon be rolled -out in NSW

ONLINE LICENCE: A new government ID scheme means you wouldn't need a physical licence at a roadside police check. Photo: Peter Hardin
ONLINE LICENCE: A new government ID scheme means you wouldn't need a physical licence at a roadside police check. Photo: Peter Hardin

NSW drivers could soon no longer need to carry a physical licence when behind the wheel.

The NSW Parliament will consider implementing a statewide roll-out of digital driver licences, following a successful trial in Dubbo.

The proposed changes mean a driver could use their digital licence, accessible on a mobile phone, for proof of identity and proof of age to gain entry into pubs and clubs, as well for roadside police checks.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said the scheme would be the first of its kind in Australia.

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“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 Dubbo trial was a big success and drivers gave it the thumbs up.

“The legislation will enable expansion of the trial so that other NSW drivers can opt in to access a digital licence.”

It’s claimed the new system would  provide additional levels of identity security and increased protection against identity fraud compared to the physical driver licence.

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

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