Victorian motorists will soon be able to carry their licences on their phone, with a trial in Ballarat in June and a full roll-out planned for next year.
The move will allow drivers to store a digital version of their driver licence on the Service Victoria app or soon-to-be-launched My VicRoads app.
Storing your licence digitally will be optional, with physical licences able to be retained.
The new technology sees Victoria follow suit with New South Wales, which launched its digital licences in 2019.
Full licence holders in Ballarat will be able to sign up for the pilot through the Service Victoria or VicRoads websites from June, before the trial begins in July, with those who register progressively invited to add a digital version of their licence to their phone.
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.
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Digital licences will automatically reveal if a licence has been revoked or suspended but will still be available for use to prove identity or age when it is not active.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Melissa Horne, said drivers had long awaited the new system.
“We know Victorians want digital driver licences and that’s why this trial is such a big step before further rollout occurs,” Ms Horne said.
“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.”