The driver licence is a key identity document which unfortunately makes it attractive for those wanting to commit fraud or steal your identity.
Falsified driver licences or information from driver licences can be stolen to enable identity crime – the cost of identity crime to the Australian community is in excess of $2 billion annually.
Preventing people stealing your identity, committing fraud in your name, and keeping your private information safe is a priority and we have acted to introduce a new identity matching service to verify document details and photos on key identity documents.
It will also help us return your identity to you if it is stolen, and clear your name if someone has committed fraud or a crime using your details.
Since the implementation of a Document Verification Service in 2009, approved organisations have been able to verify your name and key identity documents including driver licences.
Now, the increased sophistication of identity fraud has grown and the a key part of preventing criminals stealing your information or manufacturing false identity documents in your name is being able to verify your ID photo.
Tasmania is working with the Australian Government and other states and territories in implementing the nation-wide approach and interoperability.
All driver licensing jurisdictions in Australia currently enable verification of identity through the Document Verification Service and will participate in the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability.
This will enable the use of facial identification to verify an individual’s identity by checking their image against those held for primary identity documents in the community including driver licences, passports and visas.
The system will provide robust privacy safeguards to ensure the security of personal information.
Tasmania has uploaded our driver licence information to the secure system in preparation for the full nation-wide rollout, until the NDLFRS is operational this data will not be available for Face Matching Services.
For further information on the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability and how it protects your identity can be found on the Australian Government IDMatch page.
If you are a victim of identity fraud or would like further information on protecting your identity, please check the information available here.