Utah becomes first state in U.S. to offer government service via Apple iPhone app

Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce announced today that Apple iPhone users can now search the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing’s online database thanks to a free Apple application which can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes App Store here.

The Department of Commerce is the first state agency to offer an iPhone service and Utah is the first state nationwide to offer an Apple application for a government service. For instance, iPhone users will be able to look up a contractors license from a job site, patients can verify a doctors license from a waiting room and homeowners can search for a licensed electrician from their backyard.

“Utah is known for being on the cutting edge of technology and innovation and ensuring access to government services. With this new iPhone service leading the way for other state agencies, Utah can now say, ‘Yeah, we have an app for that!'” said Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. (R), in the press release

“We are thrilled to be the first to bring the convenience of iPhone applications to a state agency database”, said Francine A. Giani, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce, in the press release, “Our Department looks forward to adding more Commerce services to iPhone users in the near future.”

The Utah Department of Commerce contributes to the success of Utah businesses, professionals and consumers by creating a favorable economic environment. Our mission is to protect the public interest by ensuring fair commercial and professional practices. For more information about the Utah Department of Commerce log on to: www.commerce.utah.gov, or call (801) 530-6701.

Utah.gov is the State of Utah’s official Web portal (http://www.Utah.gov). It was ranked first in the 2008 Digital States Survey by the Center for Digital Government and also ranked first in the nation in the Center for Digital Government’s 2007 Best of the Web competition. It is managed and operated without tax funds through a public-private partnership between the state and Utah Interactive, the Salt Lake City- based official eGovernment partner for the state of Utah. Utah Interactive is a subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC.

NIC is the nation’s leading provider of official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for 2,900 federal, state, and local agencies that serve more than 70 million people in the United States. Click here for additional information.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Matt C.” for the heads up.]

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