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Say goodbye to your physical driver’s licence card

There’s a new plan to make physical plastic driver’s licences and identification cards a thing of the past in one Australian state.

A physical driver’s licence could soon be a thing of the past, with one state set to roll out digital permits in the coming months.

New South Wales has been conducting a trial of a new digital driver’s licence, with some 14,000 participants, and will now implement the technology across the state.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced the move in today’s Budget, allowing people to use their smartphones as a kind of virtual wallet.

The opt-in system includes driver’s licences, proof of identity and proof of age cards, which people will be able to use when accessing licenced venues or interacting with police.

Say goodbye to your physical driver’s licence card

A trial of digital driver's licences has been a success and will now be rolled out across NSW.Source:Supplied

Digital ID cards can be accessed from a secure MyServiceNSW app on a smartphone, protected with a pin.

“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 Customer Service Victor Dominello said.

“The DDL is hosted securely on the new ServiceNSW 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's licence.”

The NSW Government will roll out digital driver's licences after a successful trial.Source:Supplied

More than 14,000 motorists are already using the technology, with successful trials under way in Dubbo, Albury and Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

The program will now be extended statewide in coming months.

However, it will “always” be an opt-in program with no plans to completely replace physical IDs, the Government has said.

And during the continuing trial, motorists will be required to also carry their physical licence and present it if requested.

To participate in the trials and the subsequent statewide rollout, eligible licence holders need to create a MyServiceNSW Account, download the mobile app on their device and opt-in for the digital driver’s licence, Mr Dominello said.

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