South Korea launches digital driver's licence


South Korean telcos and its government have jointly launched a digital driver's licence app that will perform authentication through use of a QR code and bar code.

The service was developed as a collaboration between SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus as and the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA).

Called PASS, it has been plugged into the South Korean police agency’s drivers license systems.

The mobile driver’s license platform was included in the government’s regulatory sandbox for ICT last year.

From the Korea Herald:

“People will be able to store their driver license on the app after registering it to the authorities. Its validity will be checked in real time using license archives from the KNPA and the Korea Road Traffic Authority. 

‘With the easy confirmation of drivers’ qualification and identification, we expect improved convenience for drivers,’ the KNPA said. ‘Plus, there will be fewer cases of driver license theft with (this) enhanced security.’”

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