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Digital driver’s licences coming to New South Wales

The NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet announced this week that New South Wales will begin issuing digital licences next year, with the first transitioning to the new digital platform being recreational fishing, responsible service of alcohol and conduct of gambling licences.

The drivers license will be the last to digitize and is scheduled to be available in 2018.

“In 2015 our citizens are mobile and digital and that’s where the government should be too,” said Mr Perrottet. “The introduction of the NSW Digital Licence will mean the days of multiple plastic cards clogging up precious wallet-space are numbered.”

Perrottet added; “this technology will allow our citizens to display, apply, update and renew their licences using their smartphone, with real time information also available,” he said. “The Digital Licence will also have security safeguards built in, with authorities able to more easily verify the validity of these licences.”

While the security and validity “safeguards” for the NSW digital licencing project have not yet been specified, the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new pilot program testing mobile driver license (mDL) solutions uses PIN and fingerprint security features integrated into the smartphones used in the pilot and offers facial recognition unlock technology enabling users to authenticate themselves with a selfie.

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