Digital Driver License accepted by police in Australia nationwide
- The New South Wales government issues 8.6 million different digital license types as of April 2022
- 69% of the total number of motorists in the state use the digital driver’s license (DDL)
- The customer sentiment has been concluded to indicate that 92.5% of the motorists approve of its usability and functionality
The government has now allowed the DDL to be used for any legal verification, in addition to police checks and licensed venues, due to high adoption and satisfaction levels. Police now accept digital driver’s licenses in every Australian state and territory equal to physical licenses. Will police accept digital driver’s licenses everywhere? This is an ongoing question.
The NSW government has continued to work towards digitizing more state licenses and IDs due to the DDL’s success. The COVID-19 digital certificate and digital photocard are among the ten licenses currently supported by the Service NSW platform. The licenses are stored safely on the Service NSW app, password-protected, and accessible offline. Compared to the plastic driver’s license, this has provided additional security and protection against identity fraud, inspiring other states and territories to follow suit. With police accepting digital driver’s licenses, they appear to be the way of the future.
With the DLP as a success story, the NSW government is working on a digital identity proofing solution for businesses that require a high level of privacy and security, such as the banking and finance industries.