ACT Government wants electronic driver licences rolled out by 2021

Lachlan Roberts 25 July 2019 137

It is still a requirement to carry and produce a driver licence when asked. Photo: Supplied by Service NSW.

Motorists in the ACT may soon be able to use driver licences on their phones instead of the plastic licence as New South Wales rolls out digital driver licences next month.

As of next month, Service NSW will offer an electronic version of the plastic driver licence, made available on a smartphone or other electronic device through the Service NSW app.

A spokesperson said the ACT Government is “enthusiastic about moving to digital driver licences” in the nation’s capital and hopes to roll out the digital licences in the 2020-2021 financial year.

“We recognise driver licences serve many purposes, including proof of identity and proof of age, and we want to ensure digital licences could be used and accepted in all the same contexts that printed cards are today,” the ACT Government spokesperson said.

“We would like to design this shift with the local community and industry groups.

“The ACT Government is committed to moving the delivery of more community services online and this project is being considered for commencement in the 2020-2021 financial year.”

According to NSW laws, when requested to produce a licence, holders are not required to hand over the electronic device that is displaying the licence, but if the police officer or authorised person directs them to refresh the licence by swiping down on the screen, they must comply.

If the screen of the device on which the licence is displayed is unable to be read due to cracking, dimming, dirt or any other fault, damage or obstruction, the licence is deemed not to have been displayed, incurring a fine.

If the holder of the digital driver licence fails to comply with a reasonable request to facilitate the reading, copying or scanning of the whole or any part of the licence or if the holder refuses to comply with a reasonable direction to refresh the display, the holder may also incur a fine.

NSW electronic driver licences will be used in addition to, and will not replace, the current plastic licences. The requirement to carry and produce a driver licence when asked has also not changed.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said any questions related to the potential introduction of digital driver licences in the ACT would be a matter for Government but said the NSW rollout will not adversely affect ACT Policing.

“The upcoming rollout of the Digital Driver Licence (DDL) in New South Wales will not adversely affect how ACT Policing deals with motorists from NSW,” the spokesperson said.

“Prior to the official rollout in August, ACT Policing Traffic Operations will disseminate an information bulletin to all ACT Policing members for their awareness regarding the DDL.

“If there is any doubt regarding a driver licence status, ACT Policing members will still have access to RTA databases to validate Australian driver licences.

“As per information available on the Services NSW website, NSW drivers are encouraged to carry their plastic licence when travelling interstate, as well as ensuring their phone screen is not cracked and that their phone is sufficiently charged.”

The ACT Government wants to introduce electronic licences within the next two years. Is this a good idea?

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137 Responses to ACT Government wants electronic driver licences rolled out by 2021
Linda Price Linda Price 5:29 pm 24 Jul 19

Hang on driving and phone... I thought they didn’t go together?

Tim Walpole-Walsh Tim Walpole-Walsh 5:21 pm 24 Jul 19

Get with it ACT, 2021 ???

Are you using the same people that did the Myki card in Melbourne ???

Tim Caesar Tim Caesar 5:04 pm 24 Jul 19

Police: can I see your licence please sir?

Me: yep here it is on my phone

Police: here’s a fine for accessing your mobile device whilst in control of a vehicle

Lorynn Ann Lorynn Ann 5:00 pm 24 Jul 19

And if your phone runs out of battery or you loose your phone ...

Samal Jaya Samal Jaya 4:54 pm 24 Jul 19

Shanah Ruming finally!!

PE TE PE TE 4:35 pm 24 Jul 19

When enter a venue that serves alcohol, under the liquor Act, you'll still have to carry your ID I imagine. It sounds stupid but imagine the very common situation on an EMT trying to get you details and your phone is locked or damaged. There is also the security issue and high possiblity of ID theft, easier photo manipulation for fraudulent preactice. This looks like some one is in a new job and had to come up with a half baked idea to justify an over inflated salary. Come on ACT Gov lets fix the broken bones before putting on some make up

Arie Dulguime Arie Dulguime 4:35 pm 24 Jul 19

I don't have a phone.

Dean Adams Dean Adams 4:27 pm 24 Jul 19

Ugh finally! I hate carrying my cumbersome licence around.

デ スティーブ デ スティーブ 4:25 pm 24 Jul 19

Yup they'll work great overseas... 🙄

Neenie Baines Neenie Baines 4:23 pm 24 Jul 19


Mathew Graham Mathew Graham 4:04 pm 24 Jul 19

Brad Clarke boomers itt

Jill Lee Bee Jill Lee Bee 3:58 pm 24 Jul 19

So they can charge us more for it perhaps

Jason Preston Jason Preston 3:33 pm 24 Jul 19

And what if you’ve left your phone at home, or it’s gone flat?

Murray Lembit Murray Lembit 3:03 pm 24 Jul 19

Won’t help P platers who are not permitted to turn on a mobile phone in the car.

    Colin Larter Colin Larter 4:37 pm 24 Jul 19

    Murray Lembit They will be stopped and the car turned off when they are pulled over 😂

Byron Carn Byron Carn 2:44 pm 24 Jul 19

Then they fine you for using your phone

    Andrew Perrott Andrew Perrott 5:40 pm 24 Jul 19

    Byron Carn and P platers can’t use their phones at all except for streaming music or GOS

    Byron Carn Byron Carn 6:31 pm 24 Jul 19

    they can’t even do that I thought

    Andrew Perrott Andrew Perrott 7:06 pm 24 Jul 19

    Byron Carn GPS and music steaming are exempt from the ban. Not sure how that works with-out taking calls though

Anthony Williams Anthony Williams 2:31 pm 24 Jul 19

I hope the lady in this car had her engine turned off !

Jeffrey Brown Jeffrey Brown 2:03 pm 24 Jul 19

Bad idea..... what happens if your mobile by chance had a flat battery?

    Daniel Oyston Daniel Oyston 2:14 pm 24 Jul 19

    Like when you lose your wallet?

    Daniel Oyston Daniel Oyston 2:57 pm 24 Jul 19

    Jeffrey Brown Besides, if you can't Adult enough to ensure you have a phone with enough battery, or have a charger in the car, then you don't deserve to be trusted with other people's lives on the road.

Kir Rin Kir Rin 1:47 pm 24 Jul 19

I hope she turned off her engine and removed the keys before getting her phone out to show the nice officer her license...

    Karen Coleman Karen Coleman 4:00 pm 24 Jul 19

    Kirrin Birrin was just thinking the same thing

Ash Roberts Ash Roberts 1:45 pm 24 Jul 19

They just want to charge you with playing with your phone while in the car 🤷‍♂️🤣

Glenn Hayman Glenn Hayman 1:38 pm 24 Jul 19

This is bad decision and just like most bad decisions was probably made by someone who doesn't understand the security implications of their bad decision. In the coming years we can expect every state to pass laws allowing police to search motorists smartphones.

    Ross Kosub Garrett Ross Kosub Garrett 6:50 pm 24 Jul 19

    Glenn Hayman what are the security implications of a multiple factor authentication mobile device.

    Trust me your internet at home is waaaaay more of a security risk

    デ スティーブ デ スティーブ 1:03 am 25 Jul 19

    This is the same ill-informed nonsense like the claims the MyHealthRecord was insecure yet the alternative keeping medical records at local GP offices is 😂

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