Iowa to pilot digital driver's licenses

10/12/14

The US state of Iowa has said that citizens may be able to soon use a mobile app on their smartphones as their official driver's license.

DOT Director Paul Trombino told Gov. Terry Branstad during a state agency budget hearing that the app would be free , optional and available as part of a pilot by 2015.

“Essentially what you have here is a digitally encoded driver’s license that would be on your phone,” he said.

Paul Steier, of the Iowa Department of Transportation, told KETV Iowa: “ultimately, it will be much more secure having real-time information than historical information on a piece of plastic."

The digital license shows an additional perspective to traditional printed licenses, with drivers’ faces shown rotating from side to side.

“There’s a lot of ways for us to offer security features which I’m not going to prescribe today,” said Trombino.

The new digital license, which Trombino described as "an identity vault app," will be accepted during traffic stops and by security officers screening travelers at Iowa's airports, he said.

You can read more about digital driving licenses here.

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