Digital driver’s licenses for smartphones coming to Iowa in 2015

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The driver’s license is something that many people don’t think about all that often, shoved away in some kind of wallet or purse more often than not.

But for those who think the physical card is a bit pesky, and don’t want to worry about forgetting it in another pair of pants, the state of Iowa has a plan. According to a report published by The Des Moines Register, the Iowa Department of Transportation will begin allowing recipients of new driver’s licenses to showcase their license through an iPhone app.

The application necessary to make digital driver’s licenses a reality will be released in 2015 according to the report, and it will have on it everything that the traditional plastic card has. The director of the Department of Transportation in Iowa, Paul Trombino, stated during a state agency budget meeting that the plan for these digital driver’s licenses is moving forward, and that he believes Iowa could be the first in the nation with how fast it is being implemented.

We are really moving forward on this,” Trombino said. “The way things are going, we may be the first in the nation.

The digital licenses will apparently be supported in just about every necessary instance within Iowa, according to Trombino, including “Iowa law enforcement officers during traffic stops and by security officers screening travelers at Iowa’s airports.” As far as security goes, the director states that the app is considered an “Identity Vault app,” which seems to indicate that keeping the information safe within the app is of paramount importance. A PIN number will be needed to access the information within the app, too. There is no word on whether or not Touch ID will be supported at a later date.

[via MacRumors; The Des Moines Register]