Motorists could be allowed to have their driving licence on their phones by 2018, according to the government agency developing the plans. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) said a test system would be in place by September this year and that it would develop a "quick, easy and secure" service between April and March 2018. It wants the digital service to allow people to share and validate information with "trusted" third parties, although stressed that the new system will not replace existing plastic licences. The DVLA chief executive, Oliver Morley, revealed on Twitter in May 2016 that a prototype for a digital licence was in development. He tweeted a photo of an iPhone screen displaying the image of a licence in the Apple Pay app, with which people can use their phones to make payments and store documents such as boarding passes.
Those with New South Wales-issued driver's licences living in Sydney's Eastern Beaches will be among the elite few who will qualify for the metro trial of a digital driver licence later this year. More than 140,000 licence holders in the region will be eligible to participate in the November trial that will see the plastic identification card ditched for a smartphone-rendered copy, available via the Service NSW app. Participants who opt in can use their digital driver licence for proof of identity and proof of age to gain entry into pubs and clubs, as well as for roadside police checks in the trial area. "Smartphones have become de facto wallets, and we're using cutting-edge technology so that drivers can use a digital licence in everyday scenarios," Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said on Monday. Drivers in Bondi, Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee, North Bondi, Queens Park, Randwick, South Coogee, Tamarama, Waverley, and parts of Sydney city that cover postcodes 2022, 2024, 2026, 2031, and 2034 will be able to participate in the trial.
The UK's Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is working on a smartphone version of its driving licence. He says it will be an "add-on" to the plastic card rather than a replacement. Wallet already stores boarding passes and credit, debit, gift and discount cards. Payment information is encrypted end-to-end and authorised with the user's fingerprint or passcode. CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood said: "Security has taken a significant step forward to support digital payments on phones, so the framework is in place for other secure applications, such as a digital driving licence.
Drivers Licence holders in New South Wales may soon be able to store their card information on their smartphone, with legislation soon to enter Parliament in the next fortnight that will allow a phased state-wide rollout of the Digital Driver Licence. If proposed amendments to the Road Transport Act 2013, the Photo Card Act 2005, the Gaming and Liquor Administration Act 2007, and the Liquor Act 2007 are passed, a driver will be able to use their digital licence for proof of identity and proof of age to gain entry into pubs and clubs, as well for roadside police checks. ZDNet revealed in February the state government had pencilled in mid-2018 for the go-live of digital licences, after trials in Dubbo had proven successful. In a statement from Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello at the weekend, it was explained the Digital Driver Licence will be made available through the Service NSW app once finalised. "Smartphones have become de facto wallets and we're using cutting edge technology so that drivers can use a digital licence in everyday scenarios," Dominello said.
The Queensland government says it is "well on the way" in the development of a digital identification for the state, announcing locals could "soon" have the option to store their driver licences digitally on their mobile devices. The licence would be available via a digital wallet, with the state government currently preparing to go to market for vendors to develop the solution. A pilot program is pencilled in for late 2019 and will likely start with learner licences and proof of age cards before looking to expand to other licences and functions at a later stage, the government said. "This initiative aligns with the community's growing preference to have a digital option for how they manage their affairs, including government transactions," Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said. "The way we use driver licences today is different from when they were first introduced in 1910 in a paper format. "Queenslanders use their driver licence to rent a house, open a bank account, book Airbnb, or check-in to a hotel.