Digital licences goes into overdrive

By The Mandarin

Thursday July 6, 2017

The New South Wales government says more than 30,000 digital licences have been downloaded since the digital licence platform was launched last year.

There’s still a long way to catch up to the 23 million licences and permits the state issues each year across 760 different categories, but more categories are going digital.

On Thursday the government announced Boat Driving Licence and vessel registration would be the latest addition to the digital mix, boasting that going digital means licences can be accessed or renewed “within minutes, not days”.

“Tide times, lifejackets, fuel, fishing tackle, there’s a lot to keep in mind when heading out on the water,” says Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey. “Soon there will be one less item you will need to remember and as long as you have your phone you’ll have your licence.”


There is an exception — personal watercraft licence holders can’t go digital when out on a jet ski, as photo identification is required.

And, there are some new considerations when going digital — the device must remain changed and accessible … and you might want to check if it’s waterproof.

If you’re keeping score, that’s now five licences and permits to go digital in NSW. Before boat driving and registration came recreational fishing, Responsible Service of Alcohol and Responsible Conduct of Gambling Competency Card late last year.

When will the NSW Driver Licence go digital? That’ll be the big test. There’s no fixed date, but each new offering is smoothing the path. There is a lite-version on the app, but all drivers must still carrying a physical licence for now.

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