Bird’s Eye View: The Digital Age (of Driver’s Licenses?)

Posted on 06-11-2015 by
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Digital Beings: A term that can describe the majority of Americans. The proliferation of technology has enabled all of us to become digital beings. Digital technology allows us to perform some of the most mundane tasks from anywhere in the world, like changing the temperature on our home thermostats or binge watching some of our favorite programs all using our smartphones. Awesome!

But where does one draw a line in the sand about what should (and shouldn’t) be digitally accessible? Should states allow a driver’s license in digital form, especially when serious concerns about privacy and functionality are voiced?

At least six states have introduced bills or resolutions dealing with digital driver’s licenses this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures and LexisNexis State Net’s legislative database. Three of those resolutions (Delaware’s SCR 4, Illinois’ SJR 11 and North Dakota’s HCR 3036) have been adopted, and one of the bills (Tennessee’s HB 556) has been enacted.

Those states that have adopted digital driver’s license resolution: Delaware, Illinois, North Dakota. While Tennessee was the first state to enact a digital driver’s license bill, legislation is currently pending in both California, New Jersey.


Which state is next? We may find out the answer to that question sooner than expected. According to a recent StateNet Capitol Journal article, Race For Pole Position On State Driver’s License App, a handful of states are racing to be the first to offer their residents a driver’s license they can load onto their smartphones.

In fact, last December Iowa’s Department of Transportation revealed it was working on a smartphone application that might eventually replace the state’s conventional plastic driver’s license. The Iowa DOT also said it would be conducting a pilot program relying on Department of Motor Vehicles employees and their smartphones to test a prototype of the app. If that testing goes well, the app could be rolled out as early as 2016.

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Posted on : 29 Jun 2015 7:55 AM

I am really interested to see how it works out! But my next concern is the safety. What about the data miners? Can't they get a hold of all our personal information if everything goes on to the server?

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