Iowa is Launching an App That Can Replace Your Driver's License

Iowa is Launching an App That Can Replace Your Driver's License

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Iowa is launching a mobile app that can be used as an official driver's license issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation, reports The Des Moines Register.

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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Iowa is Launching an App That Can Replace Your Driver's License
xol - December 15, 2014 at 1:43am
like i would give my 950 dollar iPhone plus to some greasy dumbs cop so he can drop it, fuk that shit.
POONHUNTER - December 13, 2014 at 6:44am
Maybe you can use an app to just lock your fone to show your license only to the police or to whoever you decide to like a bouncer at a club and block all other info; kinda like apple pay. You get pulled over, they ask for your license, insurance and registration and you enter a password to show just that.
NATO - December 13, 2014 at 2:59am
Isn't it one of those states where cops go thru your phone just for a hack of it, and if you don't want them to, guarantee trip to jail? I know for sure there are states like that. In that case it would save time for everybody.
thejett - December 12, 2014 at 8:26pm
Good point about snooping through your phone! Texting and driving is probably insanely difficult to prosecute- I text and drive all the time, but I utilize the 'Hey Siri' function along with the 'Read me my last text message'. Either way it's neat application of technology that is expandable into the future.
Nadim Ukani - December 12, 2014 at 8:09pm
The only problem I see, is the police could take ur phone and look through it for illegal activity, sms particularly.
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