Huge change to licensing laws means you could soon be without one 306



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Our licence is one of the most important cards in our wallets, but soon you mightn’t have one.

Society is adapting and with that, bold changes are being put into place, the latest by the NSW Government, who are now following up on their election promise.

Digital licences will take over existing card licences from next year, with recreational fishing licences, responsible service of alcohol (RSA) licences, and responsible conduct of gambling (RCG) licences to be changed over first.

NSW Minister of Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet, will announce the changes at the GovInnovate forum in Canberra today.

“This technology will allow our citizens to display, apply, update and renew their licences using their smartphone, with real time information also available,” he is expected to say, reports SMH.

Previously, anyone wanting to obtain an RSA or RCG licence would have to visit a Service NSW centre, though this isn’t always possible for those living in rural areas.

After a raft of scams and the complex technology available, some question the safety of digital licences.

Mr Perrottet will announce the digital licences will have “security safeguards” built into them so it will be easier for authorities to verify their validity.

For those concerned about carrying a digital licence, we must remember most of our information contained on a licence is available online or in a digital capacity. Fraud exists no matter if the licence is plastic or digital.

The NSW government issues about 23 million licences each year with nearly 770 different types of licence and identification cards available. The state government said they are working on making all available by the end of 2018.

As for digital licences in other states, it has been considered but no plans to implement have been pushed through the government other than in NSW.

It’s likely we can expect that digital licensing will become common throughout Australia in 5-10 years.

Tell us, what do you think of carrying a digital licence? 

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  1. What would be used for I.D. then

    8 REPLY
    • So we lose the drivers licence, buy an ID card which will have to have our picture on it – can someone please tell me the logic of this because I can’t see it

    • I’ve never had to purchase a photo ID, I’ve always used other forms of ID, in fact just recently I got a new iPhone & new plan from a different provider & never had to use a photo ID, I just used what I have to make up the points, no problem.

    • You’re lucky I’ve been asked for 100 points of ID several times especially when applying for a job, do you know how many official invoices you need to add up to 100 it’s exasperating

    • Birth certificate, Medicare Card, Credit Card, more than 100 points there, have never had a problem providing ID.

    • But we are talking about showing ID to a police officer on demand. Can’t use points there, unless you are carrying all the paper work with you all the time. Lyn there are no pics on those cards. That is not what the police would want or you could be using bogus cards. Only other thing I could think of is a passport or a shooters licence. Not everyone has either or all of those.

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