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Another state looks to digital driver's licenses

Another state looks to digital driver's licenses
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Lots of people can already carry credit cards and insurance information on their phones, and drivers in Delaware might be able to ad their driver's licenses to that list soon. The state is considering allowing drivers to use a digital license in addition to their normal plastic one.

The state Senate last week adopted a resolution directing [Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles] to study and consider digital licenses for motorists. The House has not yet considered the proposal.

Delaware isn't the first state to take on this idea. Iowa is planning to roll out a driver's license app in 2016. Delaware's digital driver's license would include all the same info as your physical license like birth date, photo and signature.

Not everyone is excited about digital ID apps, though. That's because they also carry some serious security risks.

Many people are worried about government surveillance of phone calls and smartphone use and rightfully so. A digital ID would require you to install an app from your state government on your phone. Any state that adopts a digital ID law would likely draft privacy protections for citizens, but it's still going to make some uneasy.

You'd also have to worry about the safety of your information if your phone is stolen and how to keep the rest of your phone private when showing your ID to police officers.

Contractor MorphoTrust USA is working with Delaware and Iowa to deal with some of those concerns.

Iowa is working with MorphoTrust on a feature that locks the motorist's smartphone once the digital license is up on the screen, so that an officer wouldn't be able to access other content on the device, she said.

Delaware's proposed app would require a passcode and facial, voice or fingerprint recognition to access it.

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