Iowa is building America’s first iPhone driver’s license

“Iowa is looking to create the nation’s first smartphone driver’s license with an app that can co-exist with the traditional plastic card,” Jeff Elder reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The director of the state’s Department of Transportation gave Gov. Terry Branstad an update on the project Monday. Andrea Henry, a spokeswoman for the DOT, said the app is in currently development for iOS and Android phones and is expected to be free,” Elder reports. “Despite news reports about a 2015 release, the department isn’t sure on timing in part because of ‘concerns about privacy’ and security, she said.”

MacDailyNews Take: If they’re making an Android version, they’re right to be concerned.

“The new app will be another convenience for drivers in the same way that Department of Motor Vehicle websites have become, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators said,” Elder reports. “The trade association, which represents motor-vehicle officials, said “Iowa’s innovative pilot will explore new opportunities,” but also noted the need for security.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]


  1. A secure and multinational ID framework tied to Touch ID is be something Apple should be working on. It will make little to no money by itself but would go a long way to Apple’s goal of replacing my wallet, and sell more iPhones.

    I already have my credit cards, photos, and show tickets in my iPhone.

  2. They should make this, and insurance apps accessible from the lock screen. That way you can hand your device to an officer, and he can see both of those, but not access the rest of your info without the password.

    1. I was also thinking about people who live in eastern Iowa that may travel to Illinois frequently … will the Illinois State PD recognize Iowa’s app as proof of ID?

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