One million South Koreans gave up their physical driver’s license in favor of a blockchain-based digital alternative used with the PASS smartphone app.
This equates to more than 3% of the total number of drivers in South Korea, which according to Statista has 32.6 million licensed drivers in 2019. This is the first certified digital ID card to be used throughout South Korea and approved by the National Ministry of Science, Information Technology and Communications. In September 2019.
The project was initiated in May by the National Police Department in cooperation with the Korea Road Traffic Authority and the country’s three largest telecom service providers: SK, KT and LG U +. As of last month, 27 driver’s license testing centers in South Korea were using the PASS app to renew and re-issue digital driver’s licenses.
Legally recognized identity solution can also be used for identification and proof of age, for example B. In stores and retail chains that sell cigarettes and alcohol. Users show their license via a barcode or QR code in the app. Non-Korean residents will receive English language copies of the licenses.
Other industries, including car rental and shared ride services, are exploring the possibility of using these identifiers as an alternative to personal verification.
South Korea is the blockchain for professionals
This week alone, South Korea announced several blockchain technology integrations. Seongnam’s payment program is expanding with the issuance of new digital gift cards, while beach-goers in Busan can pay for services with Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).
KEB Hana Bank, one of the largest banks in South Korea, has partnered with Korea Expressway Corporation to implement the blockchain-based toll-toll system for highways in the country.
Blockchain-based Australia licenses
South Korea is not the only country involved in converting existing licenses into digital formats in the blockchain. In late 2018, the New South Wales Australian government announced that it would test Ethereum-based digital licenses that could replace physical licenses.