How NSW's New Digital Licence Actually Works

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New South Wales has just become one of the first places in the world to launch digital driver's licences.

This makes it the second Australian state to adopt the practice, with South Australia bringing in digital licences back in 2017.

This is how you can get yours and how it works.

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How do I get one?

You need to get the Service NSW app in order to use a digital licence.

If you already have a Service NSW account you will be asked to login. If you don't, you can sign up.

The app is available on both Android and iOS.


How does it work?

The licence doesn't look that much different from a regular plastic licence,

It contains your photo, name, address, licence number, driving conditions and licence expiration date.

The major difference is the addition of a QR code that can be scanned for validity, including at some registered clubs. It will apparently only share your info to the scanner for a limited time.


Can I show it when pulled over?

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It's still illegal to touch your phone while behind the wheel, even when stationary, so don't take the risk.

If you get pulled over and anticipate having to show your digital licence do not touch your phone until an officer asks you to.

Services NSW agrees. "If you get pulled over by the police, do not pick up your phone until the officer requests to see your driver licence. Significant penalties apply for using a mobile phone illegally."


Where will it work?

While most establishments, including pubs and clubs, should accept it, Services NSW has warned that some places may not consider it valid.

"Always carry your plastic card if you know you're going to need your driver licence, or if you plan to travel interstate. Ensure your phone screen is not cracked and your phone is charged," says the Service NSW website.


Will it work offline?

Yes, as long as you're logged into the app. You'll still be required to use your login PIN.


What else will the app show me?

In relation to motoring, you can also use the Service NSW app to check your rego, fines and demerit points.


You can find out more from the Service NSW website.

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