The Victorian Government has announced it plans to provide its drivers the option of a digital licence by 2024.
A trial, initially for Ballarat residents, will begin in July. The Government intends to get feedback from police, motorists, licenced venues, and other businesses before expanding state-wide.
The app will be available via the Service Victoria or soon-to-be-launched VicRoads App. It will allow users to see updates to their licence in real time including change of address or the status of their licence.
If a driver has their licence revoked or suspended, it may still be used as a proof of identification or age.
A QR code security system will allow police, businesses and other authorities to verify the licence and prevent fraudulent behaviour.
It is worth noting that learner and provisional drivers will still be required to carry their physical licence at all times. Fully licenced drivers will have the choice to still use their physical licence if they prefer.
Residents of Ballarat can register to take part in the pilot program in June via the VicRoads or Service Victoria website before the trail begins. Users who register will be given staggered access once the trial begins.
“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,” said Melissa Horne, Minister for Roads and Road Safety.
“We know Victorians are calling out for more cards to be added to the Service Victoria wallet and that is why we are thrilled that the digital driver licence will soon be added,” said Danny Pearson, Minister for Government Services.
Currently New South Wales and South Australia offer digital licences for their drivers.
The Queensland Government has announced it too will join NSW and SA. The Government began testing its digital licences in Townsville in April 2023.