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About the Digital Licence app

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The Digital Licence is a handy app that can store your identification securely and easily on your mobile devices. This identification includes:

  • driver licence
  • photo identification card
  • recreational marine licence.

You can share these credentials when you need to verify your identity, such as when entering a pub or club, collecting a parcel, or renting a vehicle or home.

The Digital Licence is optional—you do not have to get the Digital Licence if you do not wish to. All Queenslanders will continue to be sent physical cards, as they are now.

In the future, it is expected that additional Department of Transport and Main Roads credentials will be added to the app.

The Digital Licence was trialled in the Fraser Coast region and will be expanded to Townsville in late 2022. Following these trials, the Digital Licence app will be available to all Queenslanders in 2023.

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Why do I need a Digital Licence?

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Queenslanders, say hello to the Digital Licence app.

From the first time you slap your L plates on, it will be with you, celebrating all the important moments. Like your first car. Or your first "just a scratch." Yeah, that one's not getting buffed out.

Cheers to weekends catching up with mates. And no more, "Ahh, I forgot my ID."

Moving on up? Moving on out? Nothing can stop you. Your licence is right there, whenever you need it.

And when you need to get away for a bit, we're still right here to make life easy.

Because all Queenslanders should have freedom to move through life, never missing a beat.

We created the Digital Licence app for Queenslanders of all ages to be able to access their info securely and privately, when it matters most. Whether it's registration, identification or recreation—keep life moving, with the Digital Licence app.

The way we use a driver licence has changed from when they were first introduced in 1910. Not only is it an official document which allows you to drive, it is now widely accepted as a form of identification at places such as your bank, pubs and clubs, pharmacies and car rental agencies.

The Digital Licence will give you a quick, convenient, seamless way to verify your identity, while avoiding having to carry a physical card.

Who can use the Digital Licence?

To be eligible to use the Digital Licence app, you must have one or more of the following:

You also need to have a mobile device running the latest version of the iOS or Android operating system—or one of the 2 previous versions (to the latest).

During the trial period, you must also have a home address inside one of the trial areas:

  • Fraser Coast
  • Townsville.

Security of your information

The security of your private information is a top priority in the development of the Digital Licence.

When you onboard with the Digital Licence (a series of steps you go through before you can begin using the app), your information is encrypted during transmission and when stored on your device. This information can only be accessed if you know the PIN that is set during onboarding. No personally identifiable information is stored or accessible outside of your device.

When you share your information with another device using the Digital Licence, that device does not store your information.

In addition, the app is protected by the security features of your phone, including biometrics such as thumb or face scan.

We have tested the app using a range of security and penetration tests. We will keep testing the app during development and after it has been released.

Privacy of your information

The privacy of your information has been a top priority in the development of the app.

You choose what information you share with others, and you consent to sharing each time you do it.

For example, if you need to prove you are over 18, the app will show the verifying person your photo and confirm you are over 18—the app will not show your name or where you live. You control what information you share, depending on the circumstances.

You never have to hand your device to someone who is verifying your information. They can look at your screen or scan a QR code without touching your device.

To ensure the Digital Licence app meets stringent privacy standards, we completed a privacy impact assessment. All of the recommendations in the assessment will be implemented.

In the future, we will continue to have the app independently reviewed and assessed.

Legislation

Legislation was passed in 2020 about digital authorities, like the digital licence, and the concepts of digital evidence of age and digital evidence of identity. This means that under Queensland law, a digital licence can be used legally in place of a physical licence.

Compliance with ISO international standard

ISO18013-5 is an international standard for how driver licences are implemented on mobile devices. It contains requirements for how you use the digital licence and share your information, as well as security and privacy requirements for storage of information on your device.

We are developing the Digital Licence to comply with this ISO standard. This means your driver licence is safer and more secure. You will also be able to use your Queensland Digital Licence around Australia and overseas—in any jurisdiction which also complies with the standard.