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Victorian drivers now have the option to carry a digital licence while driving.

Following a successful trial in Ballarat last year, digital licences will now be available via the myVicRoads and Service Victoria apps for fully licenced drivers.

Minister for Roads and Safety Melissa Horne said the digital licence would make the act of carrying a licence easier for Victorians.

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“Our digital driver licences will make it easier for Victorians when they go about their day-to-day lives – whether that’s driving around, renting a car, collecting a parcel, or visiting a licenced venue,” she said.

With licence details also able to be updated in real time, the digital version will offer drivers peace of mind that their licence will accurately reflect new driving conditions or personal details, without having to wait for a new card or change-of-details sticker in the mail.

The rollout of the digital licence began last month, with eligible drivers receiving a notification via email or push to alert them to the availability of the option.

Hertz APAC Vice President Eoin MacNeill said the new initiative was a response to the community’s needs.

“By enabling drivers to carry their licences digitally, we’re not just keeping pace with the digital age but also offering a more streamlined and accessible option. It’s a win-win for Victorian drivers and the broader business community alike,” he said.

Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland will also be offering assistance to residents interested in adding the digital licence to their phone.

“We know the rollout of this system has not made things easy for many of our older residents, or those without computers, so I am helping to make sure that no one interested will miss out,” she said.

“If you need assistance, bring your phone, your physical licence, and another form of ID (like a Medicare card) to my electorate office at 25 Bridge Street East, Benalla and my team will be happy to help.

“Having a digital copy of your licence can be a convenient way to prove your right to drive, confirm your identities at hotels or other retailers, or demonstrate that you’re over 18 years old when entering licensed venues.”

Ms Cleeland’s office is open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

It is expected that learner drivers and p-platers will have access to the digital licensing system by 2025.

To learn more about digital licences, please visithttps://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/digital-driver-licence.

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