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Iowa to launch smartphone-based driver’s licenses in 2018

June 2, 2017

Drivers in Iowa will be able to hit the road with one less item in their pocket starting in 2018, as the state is preparing a smartphone-based driver’s license platform in cooperation with MorphoTrust USA.

The Iowa Department of Transportation tested the system with a 100-employee pilot program last year, and came away pleased with the results, according to The Des Moines Register. As a result, it will launch to the public in the Hawkeye State in the next 12 to 18 months.

In all, at least 10 U.S. states are considering digital, smartphone-based ID cards for drivers. But Iowa’s aggressive adoption could make it the first in America to offer a statewide digital driver’s license platform.

MorphoTrust USA is the creator of a mobile driver’s license platform and electronic ID services. Patrick Clancey, senior director with MorphoTrust USA, was named one of One World Identity’s top 100 leaders in identity for 2016, and he participated in a discussion entitled “Modern Multi Factor Authentication” at the inaugural K(NO)W Identity Conference this May.

MorphoTrust’s 2016 mobile driver’s license pilot in Iowa utilized a downloadable iOS application that required identity verification before the ID was rendered on the phone. The company says its app and identification process meet the highest standards for security and protection of personal information.