Driver’s license goes digital
Overtime, smartphones have superseded many of the cards in your wallet. Next on the list, your driver’s license.
A trial has recently begun, which allows residence of Sydney’s east to store their driver’s license on their mobile phone via the Service NSW app. The digital driver’s license (DDL) Sydney trails follow from the success of those seen in Dubbo with an 83% satisfaction rate.
Those participating in Sydeny’s trials will also be able to use their DDL to gain entry into 350 licensed venues in the trial region.
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said the digital licences are more secure than their plastic counterparts thanks to blockchain technology platform ‘TrustGrid”, provided by Australian firm Secure Logic.
“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.”
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.