The Victorian Labor Government have just made an announcement I’ve been waiting for, for years. Digital Driver’s licenses will be rolled out across Victoria by 2024.. which would indicate is actually by the end of December 2023.
New South Wales has had the technology since October 2019 and as someone who lives on the border of Victoria and New South Wales in Albury Wodonga, these state differences are particularly apparent and questionable.
Personally, I’m really excited to move to a digital driver’s license to completely remove the wallet from my life. I moved to tap and pay payments years ago, my car also offers a digital key and loyalty cards etc have also all gone digital. This change ultimately means I would no longer need a wallet.
It wasn’t that many years ago, when we had the annual registration sticker to deal with, thankfully technology meant that number plate recognition could be used to validate this instead. Moving licenses digital has lots of benefits and I hope all other states and territories follow.
The new technology will give motorists the choice to store a secure digital version of their driver licence in the popular Service Victoria app or soon-to-be-launched my VicRoads app.
From June, full licence holders in Ballarat will be able to sign up for the pilot through the Service Victoria or VicRoads websites before the trial begins in July, with those who register progressively invited to add a digital version of their licence to their phone.
Following extensive work by the State Government, the card will feature superior security features – with the licence updated in real-time in response to any changes such as new licence conditions or a change of address.
Digital licences will automatically reveal if a licence has been revoked or suspended but will still be available for use to prove identity or age when it is not active.
The licence has a highly secure, timed QR code that can be scanned by licence validators such as police, businesses and other authorities to verify authenticity and prevent fraudulent use.
Accessibility and security of personal information is the highest priority. During the Ballarat trial, feedback will be sought from motorists, retailers, licensed venues, Victoria Police and places where a licence is used as proof of identity.
The initial pilot is for full licence holders and won’t change the obligation for L and P plate drivers to carry their physical licence with them at all times. Drivers will still have the option to use their physical licence.
In anticipation of a statewide roll-out, the Government will also begin engagement with key business and industry leaders to make sure Victorian workers and businesses are well prepared.