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New South Wales to trial blockchain-based digital driver licenses

Mon, 10 Sep 2018, 09:56 am UTC

The government of New South Wales has announced that will conduct a trial of digital driver licenses, which will allow participants to use the digital driver license as proof of age and identity.

The trial follows a three-month trial in Dubbo. The government is going to launch a metro trial in Sydney's Eastern suburbs before rolling out digital driver licenses across the state in 2019.

ZDNet reported on Monday that the digital driver license has been underpinned by blockchain technology.

Australian data security firm Secure Logic has launched a blockchain solution, dubbed “TrustGrid”, and confirmed to the news outlet that its platform has been used to underpin the digital driver license. The firm describes TrustGrid as “an advanced blockchain solution that delivers a secure, decentralised and immutable ledger of transactions.”

ITWire quoted Secure Logic saying that "TrustGrid" platform that will help in fighting identity-related crimes and underpin the digitisation of government services, like motor registration, property titles and birth certificates.

“Earlier this year, the technology powered the NSW Government’s digital driver’s licence pilot with 1,400 Dubbo residents and is set to be used again as a second pilot takes place in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in November, where residents will be able to show digital identification in pubs and clubs and for roadside police checks,” Secure Logic said.

To access their digital driver license, motorists would be required to install the trial app, register a MyServiceNSW account, and add their NSW driver license details. The app will allow them to view, update, manage and renew their license digitally.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said the Parliament has approved new laws to enable a statewide rollout of the technology.

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