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.