Driver’s Licenses Going Digital
Are driver’s licenses going digital? With technology constantly evolving, the answer to that question could be yes. New technology paired with the increasingly widespread use of smartphones could make fumbling through your wallet to find your license become a thing of the past. Approximately twelve states are in various stages of testing mobile or digital driver’s licenses that operate on your smartphone.
Oklahoma is one of several states striving to be at the forefront of this new digital landscape. The state began beta testing a digital driver’s license program in August. After a period of beta testing, the state launched the Oklahoma Mobile ID (OKmID) application on November 1, 2019. The application can be downloaded from the App Store on iPhone and is also available on the Google Play store for Android phones. Individuals wishing to participate in the program should search for Oklahoma Mobile ID. The application was produced by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) in cooperation with Oklahoma Office of Management & Enterprise Services (OMES) and Innovate Oklahoma.
So what is OKmID?
OKmID is an application that allows Oklahoma citizens who have a valid Oklahoma driver’s license or state ID to carry a digitized version in an app on their phone as a complement to their physical driver’s license.
How does OKmID work?
Oklahoma citizens download the OKmID app on their phone and register for a mobile driver’s license by scanning in their physical license and verifying their identity using advanced biometric proofing (a “selfie check”), document authentication, and attribute verification. The application has a support hotline to help users set up their mobile license. For help you can call IDEMIA, the company who helped design at 1 (844) 543-9721, or email them at MobileIDHelp@us.idemia.com.
Does OKmID replace the physical copy of a driver’s license?
Not exactly. OKmID is an official state-issued ID, but at this time, it serves as a companion to the physical ID rather than a replacement. It can be used in any context a physical driver’s license or state-issued ID would be used to verify age or identity (where accepted), but the physical ID should still be kept as a back-up. Currently, OKmID cannot be used for law enforcement purposes, and you must still present your plastic copy when asked by law enforcement. Additionally, the OKmID is not considered REAL ID compliant, so you must have your physical copy to board a plane or enter a federal facility. Also, keep in mind that currently OKmID is not accepted in other states nor for travel.
While there are currently some limitations to using a digital license, the number of uses and places where you can use this new digital credential will be accepted will grow exponentially as more businesses and agencies accept the OKmID.