That digital NSW licence thing we heard about earlier this year? Yep, that’s official happening, according to Dominic Perrottet, the state’s Minister for Finance and Services. You’ll have to wait a couple of years for it though, unless you’re really into fishing.
A press release out of the NSW Department for Finance, Services & Innovation has all the details. As originally outlined back in March, the state plans to deploy digital licences gradually, starting with the more uncommon varieties, such as those for recreational fishing and the responsible service of alcohol.
A mock-up of the licence app can be found in the lead image.
These should be available “from mid-2016”, the release states, with another five unspecified licence types following in 2017. If all goes well, digital driver licences should be out “by the end of 2018”.
Mobile phones are — unsurprisingly — the deployment platform of choice:
“This technology will allow our citizens to display, apply, update and renew their licences using their smartphone, with real time information also available,” [Perrottet] said. “The Digital Licence will also have security safeguards built in, with authorities able to more easily verify the validity of these licences.”
I guess it’s time to start buying stock in car phone chargers then?
First Digital Licences Ready For Download Mid 2016 [Department of Finance, Services & Innovation, via The Age]