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Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (the Act), an Australian Drivers Licence is an acceptable form of identification
The New South Wales (NSW) and South Australian (SA) governments have recently launched digital drivers licences. As these are issued by those governments, they can be accepted by licensees as an evidence of age document in Victoria under the Act.
Licensed venues that are required to operate an ID scanner due to a condition of their licence, should scan a digital licence the same way they would for other (non-digital) evidence of age documents.
If, for technical reasons, a scan cannot be taken, the venue should request an alternative acceptable form of ID that can be scanned.
If a patron cannot present an alternative acceptable form of ID, the licensee needs to check the ID scanning condition on their licence and see whether it allows the patron to be admitted without their ID being scanned.
In some circumstances, the licensee may need to refuse the patron entry to the premises.
For venues who use contracted providers to assist with their ID scanning obligations, ScanTek has completed on-boarding of the NSW digital drivers licence.
Scanning of the SA digital drivers licence requires venues to download the mySA Gov app to an Apple or Android device, see, mySAgovFAQs
Venues should contact their provider directly if they encounter issues or have questions.
For more information, see:
NSW Government website ScanTek mySAgov