MorphoTrust launches mobile driver license pilot

August 26, 2015 - 

MorphoTrust USA (Safran) announced it is providing MorphoTrust mobile driver license (mDL) software for the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new pilot program.

The pilot program will see a select group of DOT employees assess and validate the test version of MorphoTrust mDL software in situations where physical licenses are typically presented.

MorphoTrust currently provides biometric identity solutions to more than 80% of U.S. motor vehicle agencies (MVAs), including Iowa.

The pilot will also test record updates to the Iowa DOT’s customer record system with any changes– including address, over/under 21-years-old status, organ donor status, and driving status, endorsements, or restrictions — updated on the phone in real-time.

The MorphoTrust mDL software offers the same level of trust as its physical counterpart, the driver license/ID card.

The software includes both visible and hidden security features that are linked and layered in the digital image displayed on screen.

Aside from offering a high level of security, the features also enable the software to be quickly and reliably authenticated when presented for identification purposes and protect against spoofing techniques.

In addition to PIN and fingerprint-based security features already integrated into the smartphones used in the pilot, the mDL app also offers MorphoTrust facial recognition unlock technologies enabling users to authenticate themselves by taking a selfie and typing in a custom PIN.

“Iowa is first to take advantage of MorphoTrust’s commercial mDL software – an innovation being used to develop the nation’s first secure mobile driver license,” said MorphoTrust CEO Bob Eckel. “And, just as the physical driver license is more than a picture on a card, so the mobile driver license must contain the same level of security and authentication ability for it to be useful and trusted.”

Previously reported, the Arizona Department of Transportation announced it is implementing facial recognition technology in the application process for state-issued credentials in an effort to curb identity theft and fraud.

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