• 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 is now assisting with the standardization guidance for an mDL.

    Mobile Driver License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines (April 2019)

    The AAMVA mDL Joint Working Group is currently in the process of making significant revisions to the Mobile Driver License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines to keep pace with the development of the International Standard. As a result, the Guidelines document has been removed from this site to avoid confusion and present mDL development that may contradict the eventual ISO Standard. AAMVA intends to publish a new Implementation Guidelines document in the fall of 2021. In the meantime, to address the needs of issuing authorities that are already moving ahead with mDL initiatives, the first version of the AAMVA mDL Data Element Set is now available. The AAMVA mDL Data Element Set will in future be incorporated into the AAMVA mDL Implementation Guidelines.

    The working group also intends to update the Mobile Driver License Model Legislation to modernize the information, as a result the Model Legislation document has also been removed from the site. AAMVA does not have an ETA for the update Model Legislation at this time. Should you have any questions or need assistance, please contact AAMVA’s Identity Management Department, Mike McCaskill or Mindy Stephens
    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 is in the process of producing a mDL standard (ISO/IEC 18013-5). 
    Starting with ISO/IEC CD 18013-5 as a basis, the Mobile Driver License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines document provides guidance on pursuing a mobile driver’s license (mDL) solution. Specifically, this document provides comments and qualifications applicable to AAMVA members. AAMVA recommends that, in addition to this document and ISO/IEC CD 18013-5, jurisdictions consult two other documents produced by the mDL Working Group:

    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.


    Mobile Driver's License Functional Needs Whitepaper

    The working group started with addressing the "what” an mDL needs to do. The "Mobile Driver's License Functional Needs Whitepaper," which is being treated as an evergreen resource tool, presents the current understanding of the Card Design Standards Committee and the eID Working Group, of the conceptual framework and functional requirements associated with a “driver license on a cellphone”, or mobile driver license (mDL). It also explores ancillary topics stakeholders may want to consider in connection with mDLs.

    A White Paper states requirements, but also formulates questions (without providing answers) on issues that require further investigation, analysis and discussion. That is, the functional needs document is by no means the definitive and final word on mDL functional requirements. It is fully recognized that this topic will likely see significant growth in the months and years to come. Consequently this document intends to serve as a basis for further discussion, investigation and research.

    The functional needs whitepaper will be used to inform the eventual development of a technical specification (standard) that would address the “how”.

    Download the Whitepaper

    Other mDL Documentaton



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