China to issue digital driver's licenses nationwide

BEIJING, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- China will roll out digital driver's licenses across the country from Dec. 10 amid efforts to streamline services for the convenience of the public, the Ministry of Public Security announced on Thursday.

A man shows his digital driver's license in north China's Tianjin, June 1, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

Digital driver's licenses have been issued in 200 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, in the country, figures from the ministry showed.

More than 50 million drivers have obtained their digital licenses since a pilot program was launched in the cities of Tianjin, Chengdu and Suzhou on June 1.

The digital driver's licenses are issued via an official traffic management mobile app and have the same legal effect as paper ones.