If you live in New South Wales and are a user of the Service NSW app, then I’ve got some good news for you this morning – digital drivers licences are now live, for everyone in NSW.
For all drivers licence holders, the function allows you to carry your licence with you in digital form, meaning you can leave your wallet behind.
Setting up the digital drivers licence is easy. If you’ve already got a Service NSW account, then link your drivers licence (if it isn’t already) and it’ll pop up.
For new users, you’ll need to create a Service NSW account first, and then link your Roads and Maritime profile. Sounds messy, but it really isn’t – the app will guide you through the entire process.
Worried about security? You needn’t be. Your licence data is protected by a PIN number and – optionally – biometric authentication such as a fingerprint or facial recognition (depending on your phone hardware).
You can use your NSW Digital Drivers Licence just about anywhere you’d use your regular licence. If you’re stopped by NSW Police, you can use your digital licence to prove your identity (once you’ve stopped driving of course). You can also use the digital licence as proof of age to enter many clubs, pubs, etc.
There’s a few tips to make sure you can use your NSW Digital Drivers Licence safely, though:
- Always make sure your phone is charged if you’re not going to carry the plastic card – if you can’t show your licence because your phone’s flat, you might as well not be carrying it.
- Don’t access your digital drivers licence while driving – only use your phone when safely stopped and it is otherwise legal to do so.
- Some organisations might not accept digital drivers licences yet – keep your plastic card handy just in case.
- Lost your phone? Your licence is secured by your phone’s PIN, the Service NSW PIN, and potentially biometric auth as well. Report your lost phone to police just to be safe.
Have you downloaded your digital drivers licence yet? They’re available on both Android and iOS in the Service NSW app.