While NSW is beginning with a trial in the Dubbo area, SA is jumping straight in with a state-wide rollout of the new technology.
Holders of an SA learner’s permit, provisional licence, full licence or heavy vehicle licence will be able to use the digital version from October.
However, the new scheme is only optional at this stage, and licence holders are still instructed to retain their ‘traditional’ plastic cards.
The digital licences follow a trial in SA of digital proof-of-age cards and boat licences, along with Land Agent and Land Sales Representative Registrations and vehicle registrations.
The scheme operates through the mySA GOV app.
Ahead of the rollout, the SA Government has moved to allay fears surrounding security, saying “fingerprint, PIN-protection and a one-time barcode which refreshes every 30 seconds [prevents] fake licences from being used”.
“This barcode will be available on all digital passes and licences and can be scanned by anyone with the mySA GOV app, including other licence holders, businesses and police to ensure a licence is valid,” the explanation reads.
Should a licence be cancelled, suspended or expired, the barcode will not be displayed and will be replaced by an orange or red-coloured bar.
Further security measures include a ‘shake to animate’ feature, which displays the time and date when the phone is shaken to indicate the licence is not a photo or screenshot. This feature also allows the licence to be used where mobile phone coverage is not available.
Users will need a mySA GOV account to use the digital licence. Over 18s venues are also encouraged to get on board ahead of the rollout to validate the identification of patrons.
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