6 February, 2024
Driver’s licences go digital
QUEENSLANDERS can now store their driver’s licences digitally on their phone.
The government has also assured the community that their personal information will be secure if they switch to the new Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) digital licence.
TMR customer services, safety and regulation deputy director-general Geoff Magoffin said Queenslanders could now carry their driver licence, marine licence or photo identification on a mobile device.
“This will provide convenience for the thousands of Queenslanders who already have everything else in their phone, including their loyalty cards, bank and credit cards,” he said.
“Queenslanders can leave their wallet at home and enjoy the benefits of carrying their digital licence on their phone, safe in the knowledge their personal information is secure and private.”
Mr Magoffin said the Queensland digital licence met international standards for verifying, authenticating, and keeping personal information safe, secure and private.
“You can choose how much information you share and with whom you share it,” he said. “This means your private data remains safe and secure while sharing only the necessary information to meet specific requirements.
“Additionally, the app incorporates robust security protocols which have been rigorously tested.
“These security measures safeguard your private information from identity theft and fraud.”
“The digital licence is optional and all Queenslanders will still receive their physical cards in the mail, even if they choose to go digital.
“TMR recognises people have different preferences and not everyone may be ready to embrace the digital licence.
“So physical driver licences and other photo cards will continue to be issued.”
The digital licence is free and accessible by downloading the Queensland Digital Licence app from the app store.
“You don’t need to wait for your physical licence to expire before getting the digital licence,” Mr Magoffin said.
“One of the big advantages of the digital licence is that information updates instantly,” he said.
“So, if you change your address or upgrade your licence class, you will see that information straight away.”