Iowa recently announced that it will start testing driver’s licenses in digital form. Mobile Driver Licenses, or mDL for short, will be provided to drivers at no additional cost when visiting the Iowa Department of Transportation to get a traditional license. Iowa is the first state in the nation to experiment with this technology.
mDL allows the Department of Motor Vehicles to update new information instantaneously, such as when a driver turns 21 or moves to a new residence. For security purposes, law enforcement and TSA officials can check for authenticity by using a mobile app made by the original creators of the mDL, MorphoTrust. An article by Mashable explains that the verification smartphone app acts as a “mobile watermark reader.”
Although the technology is not yet available to customers, the pilot study may soon find that we are better off without identification in the form of a 2 3/8” x 3 5/8” plastic card. As consumers increasingly rely on smartphones, this technology provides citizens with a modern day solution to ensuring that we have a valid form of identification with us everywhere we go.
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