NSW digital driver licence trial expands to Sydney's Eastern Beaches

20 August 2018

More than 140,000 NSW drivers across Sydney’s Eastern Beaches region will be eligible to participate in a new metro trial of the digital driver licence (DDL) by November.

Participants who opt-in can use their DDL, accessible on a mobile phone, for proof of identity and proof of age to gain entry into pubs and clubs as well for roadside police checks in the trial area.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello joined Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith at the Coogee Pavilion today to announce the trial, which is available via the Service NSW app.

“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.

“Parliament has approved new laws to enable a state wide rollout of the technology. This trial will bring us a step closer to delivering on that promise.”

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the digital licence will provide increased protection against identity fraud compared to the physical driver licence. However, as this is a trial, drivers who opt-in will still need to carry their physical driver licence with them.

Mr Notley-Smith said Sydney’s eastern beaches region is tech savvy and has more than 350 licensed venues and licence holders, making it an ideal trial location.

“A digital licence is more convenient and hassle free. Whether you’re a university student, parent or retiree, I encourage all eligible drivers to sign up to this trial and give it a go,” Mr Notley-Smith said.

The trial will draw on learnings from the ongoing trial in Dubbo, which has had an 83 per cent customer satisfaction rating from more than 1,400 participants.

Drivers in the following postcodes will be able to participate – 2022, 2024, 2026, 2031 and 2034.To register for the trial drivers need to create a MyServiceNSW Account at Service NSW. Further instructions will issued in November.

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