Mobile Drivers Licenses (mDLs) in the United States
Click on the states below to learn more about the individual mDLs for each state.
Types of mobile driver’s licenses (mDLs) in the United States
There are currently three common types of mDLs in use across the country.
Proprietary State Applications
Some states have developed their own custom applications which work with their state databases to verify individuals and display data.
SmartID, ItsMe, Other Applications
There are several widely used applications which have been adopted by state or national jurisdictions to host and manage ID cards.
Three states currently have their driver’s license accessible inside the Apple Wallet – Arizona, Colorado, Maryland.
Which States Offer A Mobile Driver’s Licenses
An overview of which states have launched electronic IDs, and which are currently piloting mDLs
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How to scan mDLs
Digital IDs and mDLs typically use the same symbology as physical IDs, but because they are on a phone, they present challenges for typical scanners and authentication devices.
All handheld scanners can effectively scan mDLs. ID scanning applications run on a mobile device (iOS, Android) can also effectively scan mDLs.
The Unitech TS-100 ID scanner is also capable of scanning mDLs. Our team has confirmed that it can effectively scan and parse all active digital IDs.
Most handheld scanners use an auto-focusing laser to scan physical IDs, but because of the glass on the phone, these lasers can sometimes be ineffective. At minimum they require the brightness on the phone to be set to maximum, which can slow down lines.
We recommend switching to the camera for scanning mDLs for this reason.
Yes. All the same information on a physical ID is also contained in the barcode on an mDL.
Currently we are not aware of any ID scanner that can both authenticate physical IDs and scan mDLs. We are constantly evaluating new ID scanners for this capability.
mDL and Digital ID Updates
See the latest news related to mobile driver’s licenses and digital IDs around the world.
How to Get Iowa’s Mobile Driver’s License
Washington Mobile Driver’s Licenses Soon To Come
North Dakota Mobile Driver’s License Available Soon
ID Scanner Options For Scanning Mobile Drivers’ Licenses (mDLs)
Not all ID scanners are capable of handling mDLs. Make sure you choose a scanner that is confirmed to be capable of scanning electronic documents.
Mobile Driver’s License FAQ
As of February 2023, the following states are actively issuing mobile driver’s licenses and/or digital IDs: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Utah.
As of February 2023, the following states have either rolled out a limited pilot program, or have announced their intentions to roll out an mDL program: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Virginia. Washington, New Jersey, and Missouri have active bills being discussed that would make digital IDs legal and valid.
Only digital IDs compatible with the Apple Wallet are currently accepted by the TSA. The TSA also only accepts these IDs at select airports. Wider rollout and adoption is expected in the near future. Anecdotally, we have heard of additional mDLs and digital IDs being accepted for use when moving through TSA checkpoints.
Each state law varies for when a mobile driver’s license can be used. Many do allow them to take the place of a physical ID for the purpose of interactions with law enforcement, while others still require a physical ID.
Security features vary depending on the application used and by state. There are many security features which ensure that mobile IDs are difficult to fake.
Security on the individual mobile ID applications will vary based on the provider. The lock screen or passwords for your phone will provide an additional layer of security.