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Victorian government prepares for state-wide digital driver licence launch

The final organisations requiring IDs are now preparing for the Victorian digital driver licence launch next month

The Victorian government set to allow millions of drivers to carry their licence on their phone, with digital driver licenses set to begin rolling out in May.

From May, more than 4.5 million fully licensed Victorian drivers, motorcyclists and heavy vehicle operators will be able to download digital driver licenses as part of a state-wide launch.

Victorian roads and road safety minister Melissa Horne, alongside government services minister Gabrielle Williams, visited Hertz car rental to announce the rollout, with work underway to ensure staff can accept the new form of ID across Victorian car rental outlets.

This month will see the state government increase consultation with organisations that rely on photo identification, such as bars, restaurants, retailers, Victoria Police and Australia Post, to ensure they’re ready for the rollout.

The digital driver licence rollout follows a successful Ballarat trial last year, where more than 15,000 Victorians accessed digital licenses via myVicRoads and Service Victoria apps.

Horne says digital licenses have undergone rigorous privacy and security testing, boasting features like a dynamic hologram and a timed QR code that businesses and authorities can scan to verify authenticity and prevent fraudulent use.

“Our digital driver licenses will make it easier for Victorians when they go about their day-to-day lives – whether that’s driving around, renting a car, collecting a parcel, or visiting a licensed venue,” Horne says.

The licenses can also be updated in real-time if there are changes to licence conditions or personal information like home addresses.

Victorians who have downloaded either the VicRoads or Services Victoria app will automatically receive their digital licence through their app once it has been processed in May and will be alerted either by push notification or email.

Learners and probationary licence holders will be able to access their digital licence by 2025.

“Victorians have been asking us for a digital driver licence and, from next month, millions of Victorians can access them on their phones alongside other government-issued cards like a Working with Children Check, seniors card or fishing licence,” Williams says.

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