Driving licenses go digital

Chen Huizhi
Motorists will be able to show the police their driving licenses on their mobile phone when paying fines.
Chen Huizhi

From September 1, Shanghai residents can use a digital version of their driving license and vehicle licenses when paying fines for traffic offenses.

By simply confirming their license information on the app “Suishenban” and “Shanghai Jiaojing,” they can show the digital versions of the licenses to the police without the hard copy, the traffic police said on Thursday.

Driving licenses go digital
Shanghai traffic police

An example of the digital version of a driving license on the mobile app "Suishenban"

The digital versions will also be considered valid when traffic police officers ask the motorists to show the licenses for a check in the street.

However, in an offense where one’s driving license can be revoked or temporarily withheld the hard copy must be produced, police said.

Shanghai is the first city on the Chinese mainland to introduce this measure.

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