26 September 2023

Digital drivers’ licences hit the road

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NSW drivers can now use a Digital Driver’s Licence (DDL) app to prove their identity at roadside police checks, following a successful trial of the technology by Service NSW.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Customer Service, Victor Dominello announced the statewide rollout, following successful trials in Dubbo, Albury and Sydney’s Eastern Beaches.

“More than 550,000 people have already downloaded the digital licence, with 97 per cent giving it the thumbs up,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“In the suburb of Blacktown alone, 4,733 people have chosen to go digital,” she said.

Ms Berejiklian said the DDL had inbuilt security controls to protect personal information.

“The DDL is hosted securely on the new Service NSW app, locks with a PIN and can be accessed offline,” Mr Dominello said.

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

“We are working closely with business and industry to have them come on board and accept the DDL.”

Mr Dominello said the businesses included nightclubs, restaurants, hotels, petrol stations, supermarkets, convenience stores and tobacco retailers.

“Drivers who opt-in are encouraged to carry their plastic licence in the initial stages,” Mr Dominello said.

Further information on the digital licence can be accessed at this PS News link.

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