How to get a digital driver's license?


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Driver’s licenses stored on our phones are not too far off down the road.

Apple announced earlier this week that, by this fall, its Wallet App will be expanded to include digital IDs from participating states. Meanwhile, New York State is working with IBM on the possibility of expanding its Excelsior Pass vaccine passport system lớn include driver’s licenses, according lớn a New York Times report. The federal government is also on board with the concept. In April, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it was looking for đầu vào on upcoming rules for điện thoại digital driver’s licenses.

But are digital IDs a good thing? Maybe not, but they also seem to be inevitable.

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The pandemic has helped some people get more comfortable with storing personal information on their phones, which might explain why states và tech companies are forging ahead with the idea of digital driver’s licenses. These efforts are flanked by an ongoing và highly polarizing debate over digital vaccine passports, which provide people with an easy way to prove sầu they’ve sầu been inoculated so that they can do things like board a plane or go to lớn a concert. Several states, including Florida and Texas, have sầu banned or restricted vaccine passports, which suggests that some Americans still are not comfortable storing certain highly personal information on their phones.


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Though the technology that powers them is similar in many ways, digital driver’s licenses are not the same thing as vaccine passports, as their health records aren’t necessarily involved. Many of the plans and proposals being considered simply Điện thoại tư vấn for a secure, verifiable way to lớn store all the information that’s currently on your physical driver’s license on your phone.

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Proponents of these digital state identification systems say that this tech will make it more convenient to show your ID, & will give sầu people more control over their information. Privacy & civil liberties advocates warn that normalizing carrying identification cards on our phones could have very bad consequences, including endangering our digital privacy.

Despite apparent support on the state & federal màn chơi, some have sounded the alarm on potential problems with digital IDs. Just last month, the American Civil Liberties Union released a detailed report raising issues about a digital state ID system, including concerns about police access to users’ phones, privacy, và surveillance risks, & the possibility that people will one day be coerced into downloading government apps. The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project also obtained a contract revealing that the state of Thành Phố New York has bigger plans for its Excelsior Pass than it initially disclosed, which could reveal the risks of similar digital ID programs.

“It’s hard lớn trust the clayên from officials that these apps are only going khổng lồ vì X or Y,” warns Albert Fox Cahn, an attorney at the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, pointing khổng lồ the potential expansion of Excelsior Pass. “We see this clear pattern of them being installed for one purpose and then expanded for another.”

Completely digital wallets are just around the corner

The arrival of digital IDs shows how tech companies increasingly want to lớn be involved in all the things you bởi vì with your physical wallet. Both iPhone và Android users can already store credit cards, plane tickets, and sự kiện tickets in digital wallets. Now, with the impending introduction of digital driver’s licenses, Apple is getting closer to lớn making your physical wallet completely obsolete.

“To be fully free of your physical ID, there’s one more thing we need to bring to lớn iPhone, & that’s your ID. So we’re bringing identity cards to Apple Wallet,” said Apple Vice President Jennifer Bailey at the company’s developer conference on June 7. “It’s that easy! Your ID information is now in Wallet.”

The federal government appears lớn support the idea. While the DHS is establishing new standards for the giải pháp công nghệ that powers digital IDs, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is already working with Apple to accept a version of an iPhone-based digital ID that can be used in airports. Several states are also laying the groundwork and rolling out digital driver’s licenses that could work with Apple Wallet (states are generally responsible for issuing ID cards in the US).

Apple isn’t the first or only major tech company trying to bring digital IDs to smartphones. Google has also been working on a system for a digital driver’s license, and last fall, the company detailed new privacy & security standards for developers to lớn handle identity documents on Smartphone devices. IBM has also been researching digital driver’s licenses và expressed enthusiasm for how they might rely on blockchain công nghệ.

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A French security company called Idemia has already launched digital IDs in partnership with several US states, including Arizona và Oklahoma. The company argues that digital IDs make it easier to lớn quickly authenticate someone’s identity, while also allowing a person to tóm tắt less of their personal information. With an app, for instance, users can opt to lớn just nội dung their age with someone verifying that someone is old enough khổng lồ buy alcohol without also sharing their address, Idemia explains on its trang web.

The technology behind digital IDs is inevitably not dissimilar lớn the tech behind vaccine passports. Opponents to vaccine passports, however, have argued that requiring detailed health information to enter businesses & other public areas hurts people’s privacy và liberty. Nevertheless, some states that have sầu banned vaccine passports are charging ahead with digital driver’s licenses.

In Floridomain authority, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has banned vaccine passports, the DMV is expected lớn launch its sản phẩm điện thoại state ID system soon, & in Texas, whose state legislature has restricted the use of vaccine passports, lawmakers are considering a pilot program for digital driver’s licenses. Iowa, which has also limited the use of vaccine passports, also plans lớn launch a Smartphone ID system later this year. In Nevadomain authority, where vaccine passports remain a contentious issue, Gov. Steve Sisolak last month formally signed off on digital licenses, and the DMV says they could arrive sầu within just a few years.

In any case, it’s clear that residents of several states will soon be able khổng lồ store their driver’s license on their phone. What remains unclear is whether we’re headed for a country where there are 50 different digital driver’s licenses & 50 different opportunities for issues and problems.

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