Associated Press: Pandemic Gives Boost As More States Move To Digital IDs

Associated Press recently interviewed Matt Thompson, senior vice president of IDEMIA, regarding the future of identification and the incredible security benefits, increased data privacy, and convenience of Mobile ID.

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“The majority of the way that people verify your identity in person today is by visual inspection of the identity document. As we move to cryptographic verification, it’s a lot easier to verify the authenticity of a document through digital means.”

Matt Thompson, senior vice president of IDEMIA, a technology company working on several states’ mobile ID apps

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The card that millions of people use to prove their identity to everyone from police officers to liquor store owners may soon be a thing of the past as a growing number of states develop digital driver’s licenses.

With the advent of digital wallets and boarding passes, people are relying more on their phones to prove their identity. At least five states have implemented a mobile driver’s license program. Three others — Utah, Iowa and Florida — intend to launch programs by next year, with more expected to follow suit.

Mobile licenses will give people more privacy by allowing them to decide what personal information they share, state officials say. The licenses offer privacy control options that allow people to verify their age when purchasing alcohol or renting a car, while hiding other personal information like their address.

Having a mobile driver’s license will allow people to update their license information remotely without having to go to a state’s Department of Motor Vehicles or waiting for a new card in the mail, said Lee Howell, state relations manager at the American Automobile Association.

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