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Digital Denmark: driving licence goes digital

As one of the most digitally advanced nations in the world, Denmark is also a front runner regarding the use of digital identification. This makes life easier for all residents, who have secure and easy access to a wide range of services digitally, both in the public and the private sectors.

When you live in Denmark, everything spanning from instant money transfers to bus tickets and secure access to tax statements or doctor appointments is – literally – at your fingertips!

And now, you can even forget your wallet at home when on the road – and it won’t cost you a cent! If you have downloaded your driving licence on your phone, that is. Denmark just launched a digital licence as an equivalent to the physical one, so that citizens won’t have to pay a fine when forgetting the physical copy.


Secure digital identification

The digital licence can also be used as a valid form of ID – which makes it the first proof of identity to go digital.

"It may seem simple, but the app will help us lay the foundations for further work on digital IDs in Denmark. This means that the solutions we find must be applicable in as many other contexts as possible. Therefore, focus is also on a high level of security,” says Rikke Hougaard Zeberg, Director of the Agency for Digitisation.

Digital on the daily

This is a logical next step for Denmark’s digitisation efforts. Residents in Denmark already enjoy a wide array of public and private services safely accessible on their smartphones. Tools like MobilePay, a mobile payment app that launched in 2013 (and that is more popular than the Facebook app), or the indispensable digital ID and signature NemID makes users’ daily life transactions easier.

Do you also want to live in a country where administrative procedures are secure, efficient and digital? Explore more about Central Denmark here.

NemID: the key to digital success

Residents in Denmark have access to NemID, a secure digital key that identifies them when they interact with government, banks and other organisations online. It gives access to over 100 public services, and more in the private sector. About 5.1 out of the 5.8 residents in Denmark use it on a daily basis, whether it is for booking an appointment at the hairdresser, registering their car or checking their tax. Read more about it here.