Florida Hopes to Offer Smartphone Driver’s License by 2021
A pilot program through the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will determine whether to store state-issued driver’s license on smartphones. The move could curb identity theft, card skimmers and even the spread of COVID.
Just as house and car keys, bank cards, plane tickets and proof of car insurance have evolved from physical objects to digital apps, a pilot program through the
It’s a concept that has gained traction with pilot programs in other states as a way to curb identity theft, card skimmers and even the spread of coronavirus.
The state will launch a pilot program in December. “As ID fraud becomes more frequent and sophisticated, we made it a priority to reinforce ID verification by adding extra software security technologies," said
If all goes well, motorists can choose to apply for both a physical driver’s license and an electronic copy that can be downloaded as an app to a smartphone or tablet. The program has already been approved by the
That means the mobile app could be used as identification domestically and overseas.
It will carry the same information as the traditional cards, including driving privileges and restrictions. But with the information now cloud-based, police officers, bartenders and others can more easily determine authenticity. What’s more, users can be selective in how much personal information they turn over.
“Let’s say you’re 21 and have to show I.D. before you walk into a bar," said
You could limit the information you provide to your photo and age, If you just need to prove your old enough to get in, you can choose to only may be able to only show your DMV photo, so he can determine you look like the person in the photo, and a screen that says whether you are 21-years-old or older. He doesn’t have to see your exact date of birth, where you live, your full name - all of that information is kept private.”
State offices like Belden’s already maintain massive databases of personal information, accessible by authorities, with every driver’s license issued, he said. The wallet-sized cards are simply a pared-down version. But there’s greater security in a digital version, with information kept behind the passcode, pin number or fingerprint-triggered security locks built into most phones and tablets.
If it is lost or stolen, the Thales app enables users to wipe their personal information. In addition, renewals and change of address would be a snap. The no-contact app also means less chance of contacting germs like the coronavirus.
How much it would cost is still being worked out. The price of a standard Class E license in
“I’m excited for this innovation project that will make the state of
“We have made a sustained commitment to the modernization of nearly every aspect of what our department does and how customers access our services, and Thales will be a great partner as
Thales is also working with 11 other states and five Canadian provinces on mobile driver’s license and personal identification programs, the company said. The company launched the first successful pilot program in 2016 in partnership from the
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