DIGITAL DRIVER LICENCE A STEP CLOSER

Legislation will be introduced to Parliament in the next two weeks, enabling a phased state wide rollout of the Digital Driver Licence (DDL). The rollout of the technology will be subject to an implementation plan. Once finalised, the DDL will be made available through the Service NSW app.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said the DDL would be the first of its kind in Australia, more user friendly and highly secure. “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.”

The proposed changes mean that a driver could use their DDL, 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. Since November 2017, more than 1,400 people in Dubbo have participated in a trial of the technology, with an 83 per cent customer satisfaction rating.

The DDL will 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.

The new laws follow extensive consultation with industry stakeholders. The Bill proposes to amend the Road Transport Act 2013, the Photo Card Act 2005, the Gaming and Liquor Administration Act 2007 and the Liquor Act 2007.