One million South Koreans have foregone their physical drivers license in favour of a blockchain-powered digital alternative used in conjunction with the PASS smartphone app.
This represents more than 3% of the entire driving population in South Korea, which sat at 32.6 million licensed drivers in 2019 according to Statista. This is the first authorized digital identification card to be used throughout South Korea and received approval by the nation’s Ministry of Science and ICT in September 2019.
The legally recognised ID solution can also be used for identification and proof-of-age requirements, such as at convenience stores and retail chains selling cigarettes and alcohol. Users show their licence via a barcode or QR code on the app. Non-Korean residents receiving English versions of the licenses.