Tue, 21 Aug, 2018
Is this the end of ID cards? The new change coming to your driver’s license
Say goodbye to your ID cards because digital driver's licences are set to be trialled in Sydney from November.
The opt-in scheme will be available to more than 140,000 drivers across the city's eastern suburbs.
The trial will have licenses available on drivers’ smartphones and can be used to gain entry to pubs and clubs, as well as for roadside police checks within the trial area.
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello announced the new trial on Monday.
“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.
“If you're going to the movies you can use your phone to get in, if you’re going to the airport you can get an eticket. Now we're making it even more convenient if you go to a pub or club in the trail area, you can use your digital driver's license.”
The digital license will have increased protection against identity fraud, said Mr Dominello
“A digital driver's license is far more secure than a plastic card because you can't lose your digital ID,” he added.
“Parliament has approved new laws to enable a state-wide roll-out of the technology. This trial will bring us a step closer to delivering on that promise.”
Drivers who opt-in for the trial will still have to carry their physical licence with them.
The Sydney scheme follows a successful trial in NSW’s Dubbo, which included 1400 participants and a 83 per cent customer satisfaction rating.