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MorphoTrust study finds most Americans are ready for mobile biometric driver’s licenses


Radius Global Market Research and MorphoTrust USA have released a new research study which reveals that the majority of the U.S. public is ready for the traditional plastic driver’s license to go mobile.

The survey polled nearly 4,000 consumers with a smartphone and have a valid driver’s license or state identification card, ranging in age, gender, region and income across the U.S.

The study showed the public’s increased and widespread acceptance for using biometrics, including fingerprints and facial recognition, as well as support for initiatives underway in Iowa, Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, and Virginia to provide consumers with a mobile driver’s license (mDL).

The research study asked respondents about their current use of a driver’s license, perceptions of a mobile driver’s license (mDL) available through a smartphone app, benefits of using an mDL and who would most likely be the adopters of this technology.

According to the study’s findings, 80 percent of respondents are interested in a mobile driver’s license app, 70 percent of respondents are interested in using their mobile phone to renew their driver’s license, and 64 percent of millennials expressed the highest concept acceptance and would recommend it to a friend.

“As smartphones continue to be part of our daily activities, it’s a natural progression that a driver’s license or state ID card evolves to meet the changing times and increasing sophistication of U.S. consumers,” said Bob Eckel, president and CEO of MorphoTrust USA. “MorphoTrust is on the forefront of identity security and technology having launched successful pilot programs for both a mobile driver’s license and an electronic identification mobile app. This market research is important for all states, law enforcement agencies and businesses that interact with the public for identity verification.”

The research study follows a successful 2016 pilot program where MorphoTrust partnered with the state of Iowa to launch the first U.S. mobile driver’s license program.

The test group used an iOS mobile app that required participants to have their identity verified via a selfie before MorphoTrust mDL was rendered on the phone. MorphoTrust expanded the electronic ID program to Alabama residents earlier this year.

MorphoTrust will discuss the research findings and demonstrate their mobile driver license solutions this week in San Francisco at Annual International Conference of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrator, the largest annual gathering of state chief motor vehicle administrators and their private sector partners.

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