New South Wales Launches Mobile ID
New South Wales citizens will be able to display their driver’s licence on their mobile device and use it as a form of ID at pubs and clubs.
After an almost five year wait, New South Wales citizens will be able to display their ID on their smartphone via the Service NSW app. The digital permits have already been trialled in Dubbo, Albury and Sydney’s eastern suburbs, but are now available statewide.
How it works
The NSW Digital Driver Licence is the digital version of the NSW Driver Licence available through the Service NSW app.
For all driver licence holders, the digital driver licence is now legal for use across NSW at no additional cost. It’s optional and doesn’t replace the plastic card. There are conditions for using the digital driver licence that holders need to know about.
The digital licence is opt-in and not compulsory. To get your digital driver licence you’ll need to:
- Download the latest version of the Service NSW app to your smartphone.
- Log in to the app with your MyServiceNSW Account details and follow the prompts.
You will need a MyServiceNSW account that’s linked to Roads to access your digital driver licence. The Service NSW app will walk you through the registration and linking process.
Where is the digital licence accepted?
The NSW Digital Driver Licence will be accepted by most pubs and clubs, and NSW Police. However, in these initial stages, the digital licence scheme is yet to be rolled out at all pubs, clubs and retailers. For this reason, it is recommended that you still carry your plastic licence with you as a precaution.
The technology is currently up and running for NSW Police, meaning you will be able to display your license via your smartphone for roadside checks.
Please remember, it’s illegal to access your mobile phone when driving, including when stationary. Do not attempt to access your digital driver’s licence in these situations unless you’re asked to do so by a police officer. Penalties will apply. Visit the Centre for Road Safety for more information.