Drivers from Sydney’s eastern beaches will be among the first to trial a new digital driver’s licence (DDL) from November this year.
More than 140,000 people living in Bondi, Bondi Junction, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee, Randwick and Waverley will be able to access a DDL through the Service NSW app, simply by registering a MyServiceNSW account.
If all goes well, a statewide rollout could be on the cards from early 2019, which means Sydneysiders may be ditching their physical driver’s licences in favour of the digital kind in no time at all.
For now, participants trialling the DDLs will need to keep their cards on them, but can start using smartphones to prove age and identity to get into pubs, bars and clubs, as well as for roadside police checks.
“Smartphones have become de-facto wallets,” said minister for finance, services and property Victor Dominello when announcing the trial at Coogee Pavilion earlier this month. “And we’re using cutting-edge technology so that drivers can use a digital licence in everyday scenarios.”
The DDL will also allow users to view, update and renew their licences online, meaning no more time-consuming service-centre visits or long waits for plastic cards in the post.
“Parliament has approved new laws to enable a statewide rollout of the technology. This trial will bring us a step closer to delivering on that promise,” Dominello said.
Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith encouraged residents to sign up, adding it made sense to trial the “hassle free” DDLs in the tech-savvy eastern beaches, which has more than 350 licensed venues and licence holders.