Digital driver licences are coming to Victoria in 2024, regional trial announced for Ballarat

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Digital driver licences are coming to Victoria in 2024, regional trial announced for Ballarat

Credit: The State of Queensland (Department of Transport and Main Roads)

Soon Victorians will be able to add their digital licence to the Service Victoria app.

In an effort to make it easier for people to access their driver’s licenses, digital licences will soon become available to Victorians as announced by the Victorian Government.

Motorists in Ballarat will have the option to carry their licence on their phones as part of a regional trial before a state-wide rollout of the technology arrives in 2024. The new technology will give motorists the choice to store a secure digital version of their driver’s licence in the popular Service Victoria app or the soon-to-be-launched my VicRoads app.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.

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. These can be used as a digital licence, as well as proof of age in venues.

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Digital licences will automatically reveal if a licence has been revoked or suspended but will still be available for use to prove identity or age when it is not active.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 the authenticity and prevent fraudulent use.

“We know Victorians want digital driver licences and that’s why this trial is such a big step before further rollout occurs,” says Minister for Roads and Road Safety Melissa Horne.

“A digital driver licence will make it easier and more convenient for Victorian motorists and it will help businesses and authorities to verify identity with minimum time and fuss.”

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.

Read the full press statement here