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Delaware Exploring Digital Driver's Licenses for Phones

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Jan 29, 2015, 8:39 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Following in Iowa's footsteps, Delaware is considering whether or not to provide digital driver's licenses to its citizens. The state's assembly recently passed a resolution requesting that the Division of Motor Vehicles study and consider issuing optional digital driver's licenses for Delaware motorists. According to the resolution, Delaware uses the same driver's license vendor as the state of Iowa, which is also exploring the use of digital driver's licenses. Delaware's digital license would be available in addition to standard physical licenses and would't be required. The state indicated certain security standards would have to be met, and might require the use of biometrics or other technologies to authenticate device ownership and identification. In the end, Delaware's lawmakers believe digital driver's licenses could improve quality-of-life for its motorists. The resolution did not spell out any sort of timeframe.

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Jan 30, 2015, 11:54 AM

4th / 5th Amendment Protection?

As long as:
”¡ the law is clear that showing the digital license does not imply consent to a search of the device or vehicle,

”¡no information other than what would be gleaned from a physical license is admissible in court,

”¡a statutory requirement to immediately return the device to the driver after looking at the license

this might work.

I'd be for a program that sends the digital license to the officer's device via Bluetooth or whatever supersedes Bluetooth eliminating the physical transfer of the device. The officer's device could then verify the license with the state database. The officer can look at the driver, look at the picture just as they do now to authenticate the identity. Bio-metric authentication is too i...
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