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Bill Would Allow Digital California Driver's Licenses

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California drivers can already show proof of insurance on their smart phones. Now, a state lawmaker wants to allow digital driver’s licenses, too.

Democratic Asm. Matt Dababneh’s bill would authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to create a mobile app that would allow Californians to access a digital copy of their driver’s license or identification card.

“For most people, this will be a great alternative. Some people will say, we’d rather continue to use a physical ID. This bill does not discontinue using the traditional physical ID,” Dababneh says. 

He says he plans to work with the DMV and consumer groups to develop a program that addresses security and privacy concerns.

Iowa already has a pilot program under way, and the Delaware Legislature has just approved a similar proposal to California’s.

A 2012 state law allows Californians to show proof of insurance on their smart phones, and a law signed last year could lead to electronic license plates.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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