The Queensland government has launched laws to guidance the state-extensive rollout of its long term digital driver’s licence.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey launched the Transport and Other Laws (Street Security, Technological know-how and Other Issues) Modification Bill 2020 in parliament on Tuesday.

He said the bill would amend existing guidelines to recognise the digital driver’s licence application at this time getting created by French tech and engineering heavyweight Thales as a valid type of identification.

“As a consequence of these amendments, when you have to have to verify your identity to government you will be able to use the application in the exact same way you would use a physical solution such as a driver’s licence,” he said.

The application, touted as the country’s to start with ISO-compliant digital licence solution, is expected to initially supply accessibility digital passes for driver’s licences, photo ID playing cards and recreational maritime licences.

It will also send out reminders to men and women when a car or vessel registration is due, a good needs to be paid or a licence gets to be invalid.

A long term version of the application could also involve accessibility to other on the internet government services, making it possible for the state’s 3.seven million citizens to update their specifics, renew a licence and spend registration costs.

“We want to make it easier for Queenslanders to interact with their government and this initiative aligns with our responsive government advancing Queensland propriety,” Bailey said.

Bailey said the Department of Transport and Principal Roadways would start out a “controlled pilot” of the digital licence application on the Fraser Coastline in April, quite a few months later on than to start with expected.

The pilot will be utilised to “help finalise the style of the application and make sure laws is proper in advance of the application is rolled out additional broadly”.

Maryborough and Hervey Bay citizens have been questioned to sign-up their desire in the trial, which is expected to expand to other areas and licences in the long term.

Even so, they will be expected to continue on carrying their physical licences, as the laws will not be in place for the start off of the trial.

When the trial commences next thirty day period, Queensland will turn into the third state or territory to introduce a digital licence.

It follows in the footsteps of NSW, which established its extensive-expected digital driver’s licence dwell final Oct, and South Australia.

In excess of a million motorists have now downloaded a digital driver’s licence in NSW, considerably additional than the 750,000 Provider NSW initially estimate would just take it up in the to start with twelve months.