With mobile smartphones, life is made easy as after five years of the proposal to display your ID in NSW is now finally here. This means NSW citizens are now able to display their driver’s license on their phones and use it as a form of ID at pubs and clubs when playing pokies.
Note that the NSW government previously estimated that could save tens of millions of dollars, which will make NSW one of the few places in the world where citizens are able to choose to have a license issued in digital format and have it displayed on their smartphones.
How to Use Smartphone as ID in NSW Australia?
To use a smartphone as ID in NSW Australia all you need is to go to your respective app stores and download the app called Service NSW App.
Register yourself and log in to use digital licences, including the much-anticipated digital driver’s license and the handy driver’s licence verifier.
Check and renew regos, check fines and demerits, and find even more government services online.
Simply scan another licence and cross-check the name you receive with the licence itself. The scan will also indicate if the licence holder is under 18, making it easier to verify age.
You can add more personal credentials to your app including:
- Boat driver licence
- RSA/RCG competency card
- Recreational fishing fee
Also the app works with Children Check Clearance and you can manage your vehicle and vessel registrations.
- Keep on top of your penalties by viewing your road-related fines and associated demerit points.
- Search any NSW vehicle plate to view general vehicle registration information.
The mobile requirement to download this app
This app works best on Android version 6. x (Marshmallow) and higher and iOS12 and higher
Lower versions of operating systems may no longer be supported with important security patches. If you have a compatible device, consider upgrading to the latest operating system. You can usually check for updates from the device’s system settings.
Also if you have a cracked mobile screen, it may not get accepted because a clear screen is required for it to be used as a valid ID; your phone must also be kept charged so that you can show your licence.
How to get a digital licence with the app?
Follow these steps to obtain your Digital Drivers Licence in New South Wales.
- Download the Service NSW app from the link provided above
- Register an account tied to an email address
- Enter your physical licence’s address, licence number and the number on its back (top left) into the app
- Use your digital licence
- Until now, only about 20,000 citizens in trial areas that included Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Albury, and Dubbo were able to make use of a digital driver’s licence.
While the licence is expected to be accepted at most venues, the state government is reminding people to still carry their plastic card “to avoid inconvenience”, as some venues in NSW or other states and countries may not accept it as a valid form of ID.
Do not use your phone while driving
It’s also reminding people to not use their phones while driving or riding when asked for ID and that you do not have to hand over your unlocked phone in order for it to be verified by people such as security guards or police officers.
If you get pulled over by the police, do not pick up your phone until the officer requests to see your driver’s licence. Significant penalties apply for using a mobile phone illegally.
The app has a number of security safeguards built into it to make it easier for authorities to verify a card’s validity, including a Waratah emblem “hologram” that moves when the phone is tilted on an iPhone and the ability to scan a QR code to verify that the name displayed on the screen matches the name that is on the database at Service NSW.
The state government passed the Road Transport and Other Legislation Amendment (Digital Driver Licences and Photo Cards) Act 2018 last year in order to make it lawful for people to show a digital form of ID instead of a plastic card in order to gain access to licensed venues and for police checks.
Remember that the Service NSW app is built with your privacy in mind. You can choose to set up a simple sign-in, which will access your device’s biometric sign-in hardware. Let the app use your device camera so that you can use the Digital Driver Licence verifying and venue sign-in features. You can remove these permissions at any time using your device settings.