More than 140,000 drivers from Sydney’s Eastern Beaches can now participate in the NSW Digital Driver Licence (DDL) trial, with the technology going live and available via the Service NSW app.
Participants who opt-in can 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 in the trial area.
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said legislation was approved by Parliament earlier in the year enabling a state wide rollout, which is expected next year on an opt-in basis, following feedback on this trial.
“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 DDL is hosted securely on the new Service NSW app, locks with a PIN and can be accessed offline. It will provide additional levels of security and protection against identity fraud, compared to the plastic driver licence.”
Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith said Sydney’s East is tech savvy, and with more than 350 licensed venues and licence holders, is an ideal trial location.
“This is yet another way in which the Government is embracing technology to improve people’s lives,” Mr Notley-Smith said.
“Participation is voluntary but I encourage eligible drivers to register and test the technology. However, as this is a trial, drivers who opt-in will still need to carry their plastic driver licence with them.”
Eligible drivers in postcodes 2022, 2024, 2026, 2031 and 2034 will be able to register and use their DDL.
To participate, eligible licence holders will need to create a MyServiceNSW Account at www.service.nsw.gov.au, download the Service NSW mobile app on their smartphone and opt-in for the DDL.