Iowa Releases New All-Digital ID App

If Iowa’s bold new plans for an all-digital driver’s license app are any indication, soon all personal transactions may be made directly from phone-to-phone.

Iowa transportation officials released a plan last week to offer digital driver’s licenses to Iowans.

According to The Des Moines Register, the free mobile app will be accepted during police traffic stops and at security checkpoints in Iowa’s airports. While the app probably won’t be available until 2016, Iowa would be the first state to offer its people a digital option for their state ID.  Although these new IDs will prove to be convenient, the state will continue to issue traditional plastic driver’s licenses for those who want them.

Following the release of the iPhone payment system Apple Pay in October, a digital license could be another step toward a wallet-less future.

In the past three years, more than 30 US states have begun accepting digital proof of insurance at traffic stops.  Insurance companies such as Geico and esurance now have their own apps to make it simple for drivers to show police officers their proof of insurance.

Passports for countries around the world, while still a paper document, have a digital element. Many now come with an electronic chip containing personal data printed in the passport. The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization reports that 100 countries are currently issuing chip-based passports, and most countries have e-passport readers.

At IDscan.net, we support any innovation that takes an otherwise time-consuming process and simplifies it to an easy-to-use, fast, and efficient solution.   Our ID scanning app VeriScan was the first DL scanner for iOS and Android and brought a new level of mobility and simplicity to the ID scanning industry.  It will maintain 100% compatibility even as states transition to these new digital IDs.  We hope to see great things from this new ID medium and will keep you updated every step of the way.

Undocumented Immigrants to Receive California, Connecticut Driver’s Licenses

Undocumented immigrants living in the states will soon be able to obtain a driver’s license under a new program designed to teach the rules of the road to people who likely have been behind the wheel for years anyway.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is expecting thousands of immigrants to begin taking the steps needed to obtain a new state-issued driver’s license or learning permit.

The program, approved by  California and Connecticut legislatures in 2013, officially begins Jan. 2 and could affect tens of thousands of drivers who cannot establish their legal presence in the U.S. or may not have a Social Security number.  Eight states already offer such licenses, according to the DMV. The number will grow to 10 when Connecticut and California begin issuing them in January.

Connecticut officials have been preparing nearly two years for the new program by upgrading outdated Spanish versions of the written test and driver’s manual and creating new tests in French, Polish, Portuguese and Italian. There are also plans to develop a test in Mandarin Chinese. The DMV has also been meeting with immigrant advocacy groups to train them in how to help their clients study the driver’s manual and learn where to take the required eight-hour, safe driving practices course.

“Our goal is to make this work as easily as possible for our undocumented residents who may have been waiting a long time to obtain this credential, which can open many doors for them,” said DMV spokesman William Seymour.

The license will be stamped with the words “not for federal identification.” If immigrants pass the test, there’s a three-month practice driving time before the road test is administered, Seymour said.Some immigrant advocacy groups estimate that as many as 200,000 eligible immigrants live in Connecticut without legal permission, Seymour said.

Participants must bring two forms of identification when they apply for a Drive Only License and two pieces of mail from different sources to prove they’re living in Connecticut.

This news has massive relevance for any industry engaged in the scanning of IDs.  Prior to this decision, citizenship  was often categorized through the possession of a driver’s license.   With this legislation, the ID loses its functionality as proof of residence, but expands its functional coverage to a huge new demographic.  At IDscan.net we will be sure to update you on any advancements in this breaking news and keep you informed throughout.

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BREAKING NEWS: Ohio Releases New ID Format, New Fields

Ohio is set to release a new ID format on January 5th, 2015. This new ID would feature both a magnetic stripe and an updated PDF417 2D Barcode that would include the capacity for several new data elements for specific instances where they are needed.

These new data elements include a field that would signify the card carrier as a health care proxy to act on behalf of another individual if they lose the faculty to do so; a life-sustaining equipment indicator to identify that the card-holder is in medical need of a respirator or similar life-sustaining equipment; an under-16 until field relevant for those possessing intermediate licenses; and many other fields associated with different vehicle jurisdictions.

The release of these new data fields points to a trend of increased collection and monitoring of personal information in state and federal IDs.   As our policing and medical practice systems advance  our identification systems must follow suit.  With the inclusion of these fields, Ohio is taking steps towards automating new processes and systems.  We look forward to seeing what states will follow suit.

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