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Goin’ Mobile with Move Magazine

AS THE DRIVER’S LICENSE EVOLVES TOWARD A MOBILE PLATFORM, WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR DMVS AND CONSUMERS?

Stepping up to the rental car counter, you realize your wallet is nestled safely in a drawer at home. Time to groan at your forgetfulness and check the bus schedules? Not when mobile driver’s licenses become mainstream.

With these licenses, all you need is a smartphone, which can be held up to the desk agent for proof of identity or license restrictions. You may also employ a digital payment app, such as Apple Pay, giving you the ability to toggle from your mobile license to your credit card, completing the entire transaction with your mobile device. That wallet can stay where it is, perhaps permanently.

Although the scenario might sound futuristic right now, this shift is likely to come long before flying cars and apartment buildings on Mars. With mobile driver’s licenses—also called mDLs—the future is coming up fast.

 

MOBILE POSSIBILITIES

Mobile driver’s licenses won’t simply be scanned copies of existing licenses, with those images placed on smartphone apps. Designed by many of AAMVA’s technology vendors, the mDLs will have multiple security layers and features that allow for less fraud and more authentication.

Move Mag DDLAlthough they initially will resemble printed driver’s licenses, the ability to update them remotely and provide links to DMV services will set the mDLs apart. Right now, the technology is in an initial stage, but it’s sparking plenty of conversation about connecting licenses to other applications like law enforcement functions or Health and Human Services features.

Most likely, the possibilities will keep growing as the technology progresses, says Geoff Slagle, director of identity management at AAMVA. “The potential for this technology is huge,” he says. “This wouldn’t be like a printed driver’s license; it would have functionality that benefits numerous agencies, as well as the commercial sector like banks and retailers. This really is the evolution of the driver’s license.”

Continue reading at: http://www.movemag.org/identity-management/314-goin-mobile

 



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