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Residents will be able to show their driver's licenses via smartphones

New app from the State of Iowa allows residents to display their driver's license on smartphones
By: Michael Hatamoto | Apps News | Posted: Dec 11, 2014 5:23 pm

The State of Iowa plans to release a smartphone app in 2015 that will allow residents to display their driver's licenses on mobile phones. The app will provide drivers a chance to prove they have a valid license, and is being described as a "modern form of identification," providing a rather interesting opportunity. The app can be secured by a PIN number, and a biometric authentication solution will be implemented in the future.




"It was an easy legislative change a couple years ago to allow that," said Mark Lowe, Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) director of motor vehicle division, in a statement to eWeek. "The market drove demand [for the capability]. To me, that's the reason you now look at this kind of mobile app. People really look at their mobile devices to do a lot of things nowadays."


The mobile app can be disabled by Iowa DOT when a smartphone is lost or stolen, and won't be a requirement for drivers.


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