It should be noted that more than one million South Koreans have already chosen to hold the Blockchain driver’s license, representing more than three percent of the nation’s driving population. It should be noted that, according to Statista, by 2019, South Korea had more than 32.65 million licensed drivers.
As a result, South Koreans no longer need to keep a physical copy of their driver’s license. Since they now have the option of using a digital alternative powered by Blockchain, along with the PASS application.
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Blockchain driver’s licenses
The „Mobile Pass Driver’s License“, is one of the first digitally certified IDs to be implemented in South Korea. It was approved in September 2019 by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Communication.
In addition, South Koreans have demonstrated that they are relying on Blockchain technology, as reflected in their virtual driving licenses. As you know, the program was launched in May this year. However, it was not until last June that it reached one million users.
In fact, since the launch of the service, the Blockchain driver’s license has been used as an identification card.
Therefore, it can be seen that the mobile identification ecosystem is growing, as the distribution industry, such as convenience stores and markets, continues to request cooperation.
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Other license applications
For their part, the three mobile operators and the National Police Agency are discussing ways to implement the digital mobile driver’s license. For example, traffic police inspections on the streets.
In addition, they are promoting discussions to be used for identification purposes in financial transactions and mobile communication services.
Not least, the carpooling and rental industry, which often requests off-site use, is also reviewing measures. These include verifying driver qualifications in real time and avoiding unlicensed driving.
How does this digital license work?
The project was introduced by the National Police Department, in collaboration with the South Korean Highway Traffic Authority and the three largest telecommunications providers in the country: SK, KT and LG U+. They operate an application that stores digital versions of the permits on users‘ smartphones.
Thus, in order for South Korean drivers to obtain it, they need to scan the license. This is approved by the police software, and then loaded onto a platform that is powered by Crypto Trader that is interconnected with the police servers.
In fact, when the license is scanned through the application, it generates a QR code, which is used by the authorities to verify it on their own cell phones.