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.
Driver licence holders in New South Wales (NSW) can expect to have access to a digital version of their licences -- displayed via smartphone -- after the next state election, which is scheduled for March 23, 2019. Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello revealed during the launch of the state government's Digital Design System on Tuesday that the rollout of digital driver licences is slated for all of NSW following the successful trials in Sydney. The metro trial of the digital driver licence began in November across Sydney's Eastern Beaches, allowing more than 140,000 licence holders in the region to ditch the plastic identification card for a smartphone-rendered copy, available via the Service NSW app. The trial expanded to Dubbo late last year, allowing participants to 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. Dominello on Tuesday said the Service NSW app is ready for a state-wide rollout.
Driver's licence holders in New South Wales are now able to renew their licences online via their Service NSW digital account. Previously, all NSW driver's licences had to be renewed in person. The new service now allows those eligible to renew their licence for up to five years. If a customer's existing identification photograph is deemed acceptable, the new licence will be issued by post within 10 business days. Eligibility to renew online is also based on an individual's particular circumstances, with eye tests still being carried out in a Service NSW shopfront for those with vision impairment.
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.