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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.

Published Thu, Dec 11 2014 11:23 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

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.

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"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.

NEWS SOURCES:eweek.com, popsci.com

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