Smartphone-Compatible Digital Driver's Licenses Launching in Iowa in 2015

The Iowa Department of Transportation will begin allowing customers the option of receiving their newly issued driver's licenses via a mobile app on their smartphones, reports The Des Moines Register.

The app, set to launch next year, will be available to customers at no additional cost and will include all of the necessary information a traditional plastic license includes.

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During a state agency budget hearing this past Monday, DOT Director Paul Trombino reassured Iowa Governor Terry Branstad about the upcoming launch of the pioneering digital ID system.

"We are really moving forward on this," Trombino said. "The way things are going, we may be the first in the nation."

Trombino assured that those wanting to stick with a traditional plastic ID will have the option to do so, but that the new digital license will be widely supported throughout the state, including "Iowa law enforcement officers during traffic stops and by security officers screening travelers at Iowa's airports." The new smartphone app was called "an Identity Vault app" and is promised to be highly secure, with customers using a PIN number for verification.

More than thirty states, including Iowa, already accept digital copies of proof of insurance during traffic stops, so a driver's license as a smartphone app is the next logical step.

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pushingrobot Avatar
124 months ago
...yeah

So now you're unlocking your phone and giving it to an officer so rules on searches and seizures don't apply. Sign me up!
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aloshka Avatar
124 months ago
So now you're unlocking your phone and giving it to an officer so rules on searches and seizures don't apply. Sign me up!

Was just going to write that. No way in hell I'm unlocking my phone and handing it to the officer and waiting 20 mins while he keeps it in his car, like they do with licenses right now. While they "run the information".

Why are people just throwing their freedoms and privacy away?
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
codymac Avatar
124 months ago
Sure, officer, feel free to search my phone.
:rolleyes:
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tasset Avatar
124 months ago
So now you're unlocking your phone and giving it to an officer so rules on searches and seizures don't apply. Sign me up!

Agreed. I would use this app anywhere that would take it (restaurants, bars, retailers) when they ask for ID rather than carry a wallet.
But I will never EVER use it for a traffic stop. I will keep my physical license in a pouch in the vehicle for that.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
poe diddley Avatar
124 months ago
This is only ok if the rest of your phone is somehow locked when you hand the officer your "license". Otherwise you give up your right to privacy. I predict issues with cops taking liberties by poking around in your phone.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xero9 Avatar
124 months ago
Maybe they can include Apple Pay support so you can pay for fines right away too :P
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)