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Times are changing as Service NSW announces that the digital driver’s licence is now legal for identification purposes. The digital drivers licence is free and can be accessed on your smartphone via the ‘Service NSW mobile app’.

Your digital drivers licence does not replace the old plastic cards however is now legally accepted by industries which commonly require proof of identity such as:

  • licensed venues i.e. bars, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants
  • hotels
  • supermarkets
  • petrol stations
  • convenience stores
  • tobacco retailers.[1]

Before you throw away your old licence it is important to note that Service NSW urges users to continue carrying their plastic cards as it may take time for organisations to familiarise themselves with the updated procedure.

Another reason for holding onto your old plastic licence is the fact that your phone must be charged and your screen crack free for the ‘QR Code’ to be scanned. This may create problems if you were relying solely on your digital driver licence and your phone was ‘flat’ when you were required to verify your identity

As a final word of warning, Police are urging drivers to be wary when presenting their digital licence as it is illegal to access your digital driver licence while driving. This includes while stationary, unless a Police officer requests you to do so.

For more information, read here.

[1]https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/nsw-digital-driver-licence/licence-holders-and-nsw-digital-driver-licence

This article was co-authored by Law Cadet Bill McLaughlin.

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