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Aussie state reveals major change to driver's licence

Victoria will trial digital driver's licences in a regional city for six months before launching the technology across the state next year.

Thousands of drivers in one Victorian town are set to trial a big change to the state’s licensing system.

Residents in Ballarat will be able to drive with a digital licence as part of a regional trial before a statewide rollout of the technology.

All drivers will be able to carry a digital version of their licence on their phone by 2024, the Victorian government has confirmed.

A smartphone displaying an example digital driver's licence from NSW.
NSW rolled out digital driver's licences in 2019. Source: AAP/File

A six-month trial of the technology will begin in Ballarat for full licence holders in July before it is rolled out across the state. L and P-plate drivers will be required to still carry their physical licence with them at all times.

The digital licence will reflect in real-time whether it has been revoked or suspended but can still be used as proof of identity.

Police, businesses and other authorities will be able to verify its authenticity through a timed QR code.

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

Minister for Government Services Danny Pearson described the new licences as “world-class technology".

Drivers will still have the option to use their physical licence.

South Australia launched digital driver's licences in late 2017, with NSW following suit in October 2019.

with AAP

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