NSW Reaches 3 Million Mobile Driver’s Licenses Through Advancement of Government Digital ID
From mobile driver’s licenses in Australia and Saudi Arabia to digital ID systems to facilitate online processes in Austria, Germany, Estonia, Pakistan, Malaysia and Azerbaijan, governments around the world are advancing digitization credentials.
The Australian state of New South Wales has reached 3 million records of its mobile driver’s license in the Service NSW app, or 53% of all license holders, ZDNet reports.
The state made its digital driver’s licenses available to the public at the end of 2019, and it was granted the same legal status as a physical driver’s license last September, although licensees are encouraged to wear their physical license as a safeguard, and efforts to expand its use beyond police and authorized locations have encountered difficulties. DDL topped 30 percent of NSW drivers last October.
New South Wales Digital Minister Victor Dominello said the step was an indication of the public’s willingness to move beyond physical wallets.
The Service NSW app has been downloaded by a total of 5 million people.
Saudi Arabia launches mDL
A digital driver’s license has also been launched in Saudi Arabia, thanks to a partnership between the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority and the Interior Ministry, as well as a digital version of the Resident ID by Muqeem, Arab News reports.
MDL is available through the Home Office’s Absher Individuals and Tawakkalna apps. An offline version is available for download and the ID details can be viewed via a QR code.
Austria and Germany are each moving towards national digital identification
An Austrian digital ID pilot project is launched in several cities as part of a pilot project of the Federal Ministry for Digitization and Business Location which includes 200 different applications, according to Mayor of Europe.
Registration for ID Austria credentials requires an onboarding process with fingerprints or facial biometrics via a smartphone, and the user must install the ‘Digitales Amt’ or ‘Handy-Signature’ app. Mobile phone-based digital identification can be used for electronic signatures and access to online applications, and citizens who use it for civilian applications will benefit from a 40% reduction in fees.
The capital of Lower Austria, St. Pölten, is among the cities in which the digital ID is tested, but only for citizens applying for a new passport who do not withdraw. The test is expected to end in fall 2021, followed by general availability.
A possible extension to the use of the private sector is planned.
The Bundestag, meanwhile, approved the introduction of a German national digital identification system allowing people to prove their identity via a mobile device for a range of applications, including banking services and online shopping. . The new law allows Germans to scan the chip in their physical identity document as part of a two-factor authentication process, with a six-digit PIN code.
Scannable identity documents issued in Germany include national identity cards, digital cards (eID) and electronic residence permits, although the notice issued by the Bundestag says not all mobile devices will be able to scan them .
Launch of Estonian online residence centers
Five digital identity card issuance centers for Estonian electronic residence have been launched by BLS International to enable people from all over the world to start digital businesses in the country, United India News reports.
The new centers are located in Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Brazil and South Africa and will charge an average handling fee of € 18 (around US $ 22), with higher fees for additional services.
E-residents of Estonia can apply for corporate bank accounts and credit cards, file taxes and sign documents digitally, in addition to opening a business online. The system had generated around $ 35 million in direct tax revenue since its launch in 2014, in July 2020.
Pakistan facilitates inheritance through biometrics
Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has launched a system for Pakistani expatriates to obtain inheritance documents through biometric verification, according to an announcement from the country’s High Commission in London and reported by the Associated Press of Pakistan.
Legal heirs can go through a five-step process run by NADRA’s inheritance facilitation units, avoiding what had often been lengthy proceedings involving the country’s legal system, according to the report.
Malaysia Launches Online Registration Portal, NDI Reaches 30 Million
Malaysia’s National Registration Department (JPN) has launched an online system known as JPN eServices to allow people to register births, retrieve birth certificates, apply for MyKad and register marriage. , among other services.
Peripheral markets reports that the country signed up 30 million people to its national digital identity initiative in March, as the country digitizes a growing range of services.
“Digital identification would serve as a verifiable trust platform that would benefit the private and public sectors for identification purposes when online digital transactions are carried out,” said Interior Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.
Azerbaijan launches online biometric verification
The Azerbaijani government signed an agreement with AzPul LLC, a non-bank lending organization, to identify online customers through biometrics to secure small loans, AzerNews written.
The agreement with the institution was signed by the Data Processing Center of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies. According to a ministry announcement, facial biometrics will be used to generate an electronic signature to secure digital transactions.
The ministry also highlighted the efficiency and security of the automated processes and said the proposed solution could be used in both the public and private sectors.
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