Digital Driver’s Licenses are On the Rise:
In the era of the digital age, driver’s licenses are no exception to the impact technology has on our lives. Rather than toting a plastic card, drivers will be able to pull up their license on their phone. Millions of Americans store credit cards on their phones, so why not their driver’s license?
MorphoTrust, the company spearheading this digitization of licenses is forcing states to re-examine their policies so they can accomodate digital driver’s licenses in the future. According to News 6 in Orlando, in 2014 Florida was required to develop a system for issuing driver’s licenses and for “providing criminal penalties for manufacturing or possessing a false digital proof of driver license.”
The above statement opens up many other questions: how will the licenses be stored, how will they be validated, will all states accept them, will we still have physical driver’s licenses just in case? Not all of these questions can be answered, but that isn’t to say they aren’t be considered. Florida isn’t the only state that is planning to integrate digital licenses and the necessary measures to utilize them safely and effectively.
Jenny Openshaw, the VP of State and Local Sales for MorphoTrust said, drivers will simply download an app which will store their license. She then stated, “You could verify yourself one of several ways either using a pin or possibly using a selfie.” Who knew, selfies were more than just an act of whimsical vanity?
In addition to this there are a plethora of security features which the app will have. One is referred to as the “Harry Potter feature.” Openshaw says, “This shows the picture of the driver’s head rotating back and forth to indicate that their is a live connection and that the license is valid.”
Iowa has already started pilot testing and other states are developing laws similar to those Florida is creating. Until this plan is official in all 50 states, I would hold on to your license but be prepared for what is to come sooner rather than later. For more information on digital licenses, click here.
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In Iowa, the House Republicans voted unanimously on House File 355 to provide people with easier driver’s license renewal options. This new law will allow people to renew their driver’s licenses online or electronically. It also helps save applicants time by no longer requiring an applicant to pass a vision test or submit a vision report when renewing their license online.
To read more, please visit the Iowa House Republicans website: http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/policy-spotlight-online-drivers-license-renewal
The process for driver’s license renewal for senior citizens in California now involves a written test. For those 70 and older, they must take a written exam.
Several senior citizens agree with the entire process. For people 70 or older, many of the traffic laws keep changing, so it’s important to stay up to date with the rules of the road. Additionally, many worry that symptoms of old age, such as memory loss, greatly inhibit senior citizen’s driving ability.
If a senior citizen fails on their first three tries, then they need to pay the renewal fee again. Afterwards, they will receive three more attempts.
Several driving classes and courses are available to help senior citizens pass this exam. To read more, please visit the KMIR News website: http://www.kmir.com/story/26431758/license-renewal-process-for-senior-drivers
In Colorado, the Latino advocacy group Driver’s License for All protested the lack of resources dedicated to Colorado’s new driver’s license program for illegal immigrants. Driver’s Licenses for All stated that in order for the governor to win their voting support, things need to change.
The new program, which went into effect on August 1st, has been criticized heavily. Amongst the 56 licensing centers, only 5 are authorized to issue licenses through 155 daily appointment slots. Here are the current facts regarding the program:
- Appointments: 3,255
- No-shows: 434
- Driver’s Licenses Issued: 1,159
- Driver’s Permits Issued: 260
- ID Cards Issued: 236
- Those Who Received no Documents: 1,166
Driver’s Licenses for All works with hundred of immigrants to help explain the new program and serves as a liaison to government leaders. However, the group feels that the state is not doing enough for immigrant community. It is estimated that about 150,000 immigrants live in Colorado and are seeking licenses. With the current allocation of resources, there is not enough capacity to accommodate this group of illegal immigrants.
To read the full story, please visit the Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/election2014/ci_26459598/latinos-hickenlooper-fix-drivers-license-program-or-lose.
In Texas, teens are now getting their driver’s licenses even faster without having to wait in line. The Texas Department of Public Safety is starting a new program where teens can take a driver’s license road test without having to going to the DMV. Now, instructors can be certified by DPS and give the test themselves, which is estimated to take about 30 minutes. This new program is designed to help save patrons more time and allow them toavoid having to schedule months in advance, wait in line, and finally take the road test.
To read more about Texas’ new system, please visit the Click2Houston website: http://www.click2houston.com/news/dps-no-more-waiting-in-line-for-drivers-license-road-test-at-dmv/27823258
Ontario County, NY has decided to move forward with appropriating funds to purchase handheld ID scanners to catch underage drinkers. According to Sue Cirencione – the new Ontario County Stop DWI program administrator – Ontario county will seek grant money to pay for two handheld ID scanners.
After noticing how difficult police were struggling with identifying fake IDs, Cirencione decided that the county needs to invest in ID scanners to help curb the amount of DUIs and DWIs in the area. Handheld ID readers will also help speed up the line when entering the concert venue. Cirencione said the scanners will not only be used at venues like CMAC, but also in county bars and carnivals.
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In Michigan, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners received a proposal to introduce a county-issued ID card program. This new county-issued ID card would allow residents who don’t have a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID to still be able to access resources, including renting an apartment or opening a bank account.
The proposal for these new ID cards would be $20 or $25 each. It is estimated that 1,000 cards would be issued in the first year through this program. The revenues from these cards would offset the initial operating costs and create a new administrative job to lead the program.
Several programs such as this one already exist nationwide. This however would be the first offered by a Michigan municipality. Several of the commissioners reviewing the proposal already expressed a favor of this program stating that the state’s current ID system is often too stringent for residents. Oftentimes, the people who don’t meet these driver’s license requirements are the ones that need it the most.
To read more about the full presentation, please visit the Ann Arbor Chronicle website.
In Washington state, the Department of Licensing decided to transition from the typical 5-year driver’s license expiration to a 6-year driver’s license expiration. The cost of the license will remain the same ($9 per year).
In Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill that was a long time overdue. Now when people are accused of traffic offenses, they will be able to keep their driver’s licenses. Previously, they had to give their driver’s license to the officer until the appeared in court and paid the fine. This came as a major inconvenience to residents who were traveling or needed their ID when processing credit cards at stores. Police will still have the ability to suspend someone’s license if they do not pay their fine.
To read more, please visit the Herald Review website.