Motorists will soon have the option to carry their driver’s license on their mobile phones through a digital driver license trial. This new technology offers drivers the ability to securely store a digital version of their license in either the Service Victoria app or the soon-to-be-launched my VicRoads app.
Starting in June, full license holders will be able to register for the pilot program through the Service Victoria or VicRoads websites. Once registered, participants will be progressively invited to add a digital version of their license to their phones before the trial commences in July.
Extensive efforts have been made to enhance the security features of the digital license. The license will be updated in real-time to reflect any changes, such as new license conditions or address updates.
Digital licenses possess an automatic mechanism to indicate if they have been revoked or suspended. However, they can still be used to prove identity or age even when inactive. To ensure authenticity and prevent fraudulent use, the license includes a highly secure timed QR code that can be scanned by license validators, including police, businesses, and other authorities.
The highest priority is placed on accessibility and the security of personal information. Throughout the trial, feedback will be actively sought from motorists, retailers, licensed venues, Victoria Police, and establishments where a license serves as proof of identity.
It is important to note that the initial pilot program only applies to full license holders and does not alter the obligation for L and P plate drivers to carry their physical licenses at all times. Drivers will still have the option to use their physical licenses if they prefer.
In preparation for a statewide rollout, engagement will also be initiated with key business and industry leaders to ensure that Victorian workers and businesses are well-prepared. The trial will take place in Ballarat before the eventual statewide implementation.