New, More Secure Victorian Driver Licence In The Post

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Media Release

Monday 23 November


New, more secure Victorian driver licence in the post


VicRoads is reminding drivers that it is introducing a new, more secure driver licence and will

no longer issue licence cards over the counter from today. 


Dale Andrea, VicRoads Manager for Licensing and Identity Strategy, said the changes were in

a bid to tackle fraud and boost identity security.


“It is estimated that fraud costs Australia around $4 billion a year, and driver licences are

often involved in fraud,” Mr Andrea said.


“While our use of the driver licence is about whether people can drive, we know it is an

important identity document, used to apply for a loan, picking up registered mail and even to

get a video card.


“The new, more secure licence is the way VicRoads is doing its bit to protect people’s

identity.”


Mr Andrea said the new driver licence card will be issued to drivers receiving a new licence or

renewing their licence.


“The new licence looks and feels similar to the existing licence card, but it is the new security

features that make it different,” Mr Andrea said.


“It has a clear strip through the middle of the card and a more intricate hologram which will

make it harder to tamper with or replicate the licence.”


Mr Andrea said the other major change is that the new card will be produced at a centralised,

secure facility so people won’t walk out of a VicRoads office with their licence card.


“VicRoads has a network of 76 conveniently located photo points and 40 Customer Service

Centres where drivers can apply for their new, or replacement licence,” he said. 


“They will pay their renewal fee, have their photo taken if they need to, and receive a receipt

which will allow them to drive. Their new licence will then be posted out to them in around a

week.


“Our advice to people who want to make sure they’ve always got a valid licence card is to

renew it well before the expiry date. There is no extra cost for this new and more secure

licence.


“The system won’t be that much different for those who are renewing their licence, because

around two in three licence renewals are already mailed out at the moment.”


Mr Andrea said that while the new licence cards will make it much harder to tamper with or

create fake licences, Victoria could not be complacent about identity security.


“That’s why VicRoads has also introduced facial recognition technology, looking at the images

of around a quarter of Victorian drivers this year,” Mr Andrea said.


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“The technology searches for likely matches in VicRoads’ database by analysing almost 170

points on the human face, making it harder for someone to collect multiple licences for false

identities.


“These initiatives are about making sure Victoria’s driver licensing system can meet the

challenges now and in the future,” he said.


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Media Enquiries: 

Ayllie White, VicRoads Media, 0488 325 429 






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