New South Wales moving to digital driving licences

Blockchain-protected scheme to see what happens when 140,000 drivers try and swap their plastic identification version for a smartphone one

Posted 10 September 2018 by

Australian drivers in New South Wales have been invited to test the potential for a new type of Digital Identity – a virtual driving licence that will, at least temporarily, live on their smartphones instead of a plastic one.

The trial will involve at least 140,000 citizens, who are using a Blockchain supported app from a local vendor called Secure Logic.

Starting in November, the digital driving ID will be available for testers over the ‘Service NSW‘ e-government system, say the partners.

The claim is that licences are viewable in real-time, and expired or suspended licences are quickly identifiable via a large orange or red bar.

There’s also a “shake to animate” feature to show the licence is not a photo or a screenshot, while a one-time barcode, which refreshes every 30 seconds, is generated to curb the use of fake licences. Premises can also scan the licences to ensure that they are genuine.

“The era of standing in line to file government paperwork is coming to an end, as is our reliance on physical identification cards to establish your identity or proof of age with law enforcement or at licensed venues,” claimed the CEO of the vendor, Santosh Devaraj.

“These are mistake prone, time-consuming, expensive, and impractical ways to offer services,” he added.

New South Wales is a definite leader in exploring the potential of Digital Identity, with citizens already able to access a range of other forms of permits for things like fishing and alcohol licensing through Service NSW.