The app, which will be provided to drivers at no additional cost, will be available sometime in 2015, DOT Director Paul Trombino told Gov. Terry Branstad during a state agency budget hearing Monday.
"We are really moving forward on this," Trombino said. "The way things are going, we may be the first in the nation."
Iowans will still be able to put a traditional plastic driver's license in their wallet if they so choose; however, the digital license will be accepted by Iowa law enforcement officers during traffic stops and by security at Iowa airports.
"It is basically your license on your phone," said Trombino. The app will reportedly be highly secure and will use a pin number for verification. "Having this really allows people to protect their identify," he adds.
The technology used for Iowa's digital license could be expanded for other types of state licenses. Notably, there are more than 30 states that already let you show electronic proof of insurance.
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