AAMVA tracks what technologies jurisdictions employ on their driver's license and identification card documents. We hope to include information on machine-readable technologies employed on other DMV documentation in the future, such as titles, registrations, and cab cards. If information in this table is out of date for your jurisdiction, please notify Geoff Slagle, Director of Identification Standards.
Although jurisdictions support the AAMVA DL/ID standard, AAMVA cannot indicate whether, or to what degree, any of the jurisdictions are encoding to the standard. All jurisdictions are encouraged to take advantage of AAMVA's free Courtesy Verification Program to determine if their encoding meets the AAMVA standard and what changes need to be made to bring their documents into compliance.
Contact: Geoff Slagle, Director, Identity Management, (703) 342-7459
Biometric authentication is the identification science of using a physiological or behavioral characteristic of an individual (such as fingerprints, facial geometry, iris, blood vessel pattern in the retina, voice, signature, etc.) to attempt a confirmation of the identity for that individual "automatically" with a high degree of certainty. The Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS), as well as other licensing authorities, uses a combination of information in order to identify an individual, such as his/her Social Security Number, name, date-of-birth, etc. Since there is a real possibility that biometric data may one day replace or supplement existing identification data for drivers, AAMVA participates in the development of standards and model legislation for the use of biometrics and actively seeks possible biometric applications for its customers. Currently all biometric related work is being done through the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) technical committee M1.
Contact: Geoff Slagle, Director, Identification Standards, (703) 342-7459.
AAMVA's Information Technology (IT) Committee formed a cross-program study to examine smart card technology and determine its viability for use in motor vehicle administration. Several jurisdictions have also initiated their own studies of smart cards for motor vehicle administration purposes, while others are exploring it. The Smart Card Working Group seeks to define standards for smart card usage for those jurisdictions that choose to implement smart cards into their operations.
AAMVA's Smart Card Working Group has produced a document, "Smart Card Usage in Motor Vehicle Applications". It should assist jurisdictions in exploring smart card technology and serve as a tool in making decisions about this technology for existing and future DMV applications. The document highlights the working group's fact findings, lessons learned, exploration of industry usage, and includes
Current and Planned Technologies for U.S. Jurisdictions (December 2014)
District of Columbia
U.S. Dept. of State
* Found only on older versions.** Enhanced DL/ID only.
Current and Planned Technologies for Canadian Jurisdictions (December 2014)
Prince Edward Island
* Found only on older versions.