• mDL Resources / Documentation

  • The eID WG has been charged with the review and potential leveraging of existing identity credential standards, and to recommend standards to the AAMVA membership relating to the emergence and rising popularity of electronic identity. In wanting to further flesh out their work and to show how eID concepts can be operationalized, the working group began working with the Card Design Standard (CDS) Subcommittee to assist with the standardization guidance for an mDL, forming AAMVA’s Joint mDL Working Group. 

    The Joint Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) Working Group has been active in the area of mobile identification since 2012. The Working Group produced a mDL Functional Needs white paper that served as important input to the WG10 ISO working group. WG10 recently published the mDL standard (ISO/IEC 18013-5) in October 2021.

    Mobile Driver's License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines 

    mDLGuidelinesCover-2021Starting with ISO/IEC CD 18013-5 as a basis, the Mobile Driver's License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines, Version 1.0 (November 2021) provides guidance on pursuing a mobile driver’s license solution. 

    As the mDL evolves, the mDL WG continues to identify and address topics on which guidance to Issuing Authorities can be helpful. These new Mobile Driver's License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines represent the bulk of the current guidance, and points to additional resources as needed. 

    It is up to Issuing Authorities to determine the extent to which the guidance in this document is followed. Nevertheless, the minimum measures deemed necessary to achieve the above are labeled as mandatory requirements in this document (i.e. “shall” or “must”).
    It should be noted that mDL and related technologies are ever evolving. As a result, this document will continue to be updated to synchronize its content with the latest standards and practices.

    Other mDL Documentation

    The working group intends to update the Mobile Driver's License Model Legislation to modernize the information, as a result the Model Legislation document has also been removed from the site. AAMVA plans to post the updated Model Legislation Q1 2022. Should you have any questions or need assistance, please contact AAMVA’s Identity Management Department, Mike McCaskill or Mindy Stephens

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