Digital licences for all NSW drivers

Published: 14 May 2018

People in NSW may be able to show their driver licences on mobile devices from as early as 2019.

Following a successful trial of digital drivers licences in Dubbo, the NSW Government will introduce legislation into Parliament in May 2018 to enable a state-wide rollout of digital drivers licences.

If the legislation is passed, a driver could show his/her digital licence as proof of identity during a roadside Police check, as well as proof of age to gain entry into pubs and clubs.

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

The digital drivers licence would be available through the Service NSW app, and will provide increased protection against identity fraud compared to the physical driver licence.

Under the proposed legislation, the Road Transport Act 2013, the Photo Card Act 2005, the Gaming and Liquor Administration Act 2007 and the Liquor Act 2007 will be amended.

The rollout of the technology will be subject to an implementation plan.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor 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,” Mr Dominello said.

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

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