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Illinois issues RFI for digital drivers license

Illinois ponders digital driver’s license

By Mark Fitton and Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org

SPRINGFIELD — Tired of carrying a wallet? Ready to go all digital, including your state ID?

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has put out a request for information as the state considers the possibility of paperless driver’s license to be carried on a smartphone or other device, such as an electronic tablet.

There’s virtually no cost at the moment for the state to let potential providers know it’s interested in an endeavor and letting them answer questions and make pitches.

But the RFI represents only the early stages of considering such an effort, secretary of state’s spokesman Henry Haupt said.

“This is in the very beginning stage,” Haupt said in an email, adding the secretary’s office is working with a state task force established by the General Assembly.

“Our office is doing our due diligence to look into the feasibility,” Haupt said.

A top concern, he said, is cybersecurity.

Another concern, he added, is accessibility and acceptance by law enforcement, travel hubs including airports and businesses outside Illinois. One hurdle in that respect: There are no national standards.

Haupt noted the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) is looking into developing guidelines. States issuing electronic driver’s licenses would want to be sure, after all, that those licenses are honored by states who do not offer digital licenses. And, of course, cost questions will need to be examined, Haupt said.

Companies who respond to the request for information may make presentations to the state in February. 

Read the full story on Watchdog.org.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 11:26 AM


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