• Mobile Driver's License (mDL)

  • mDL - A Digital ID for the 21st Century

    mDL - A Digital ID For the 21st Century 

    AAMVA’s new mDL – A Digital ID for the 21st Century animated video is now available! This new resource illustrates how mDL technology takes identity out of the wallet, and into the 21st Century. The world has changed a lot in the last 20 years - what was once in your wallet is now conveniently offered for your mobile device through the use of secure technologies. Driver Licenses and ID Cards are no exception! The top subject matter experts around the globe have worked together to create Mobile Driver License (mDL) Standards that establish the groundwork for secure, effective and interoperable mDL solutions worldwide. At its core the mDL standards have provided a more encompassing solution for Mobile Identity, the driving privileges are more of an attribute that rides along. Visit https://youtu.be/Oy1hyQ_gE0k to view the video. AAMVA Members can download and share the video directly here


    Interoperability Test Event – Brisbane 

    The Queensland Government, hosted the third international interoperability test event in Brisbane, Australia on November 14th 2019. The event was coordinated by Underwriter Laboratories (UL), sponsored by Austroads, and endorsed by EReg, Austroads and AAMVA. This and the preceding test events offered an opportunity for industry leaders to test their mDL solutions with one another for interoperability and other functions that were defined in the draft ISO Standard. Test events not only assist the industry in developing a better product that aligns with the standard, but also provides valuable information that can be used to make necessary changes to the standard before it’s published. 

    Although AAMVA was unable to attend this event in person, AAMVA produced a video that could be shared at the event. The video features Loffie Jordaan, who explains why AAMVA is involved in standardization for mDL, what an mDL is and what it is not,  why the efforts being made for international standardization are so important, and the diverse participation in the ISO working groups to ensure the best product possible. Loffie also shares an overview of what features the standards work covers, methods to initiate and transfer data, and the benefits in having an interoperable solution.

    Mobile DL Video - September 2017         

    MobileDL Video Demonstrates Proof of Concept

    AAMVA has published a video demonstrating the mobile DL operational proof of concept that was done in collaboration with the RDW (DMV of the Netherlands).  The video illustrates how mobile DL technology could work and presents situations in which the technology could be used.

    Representatives from RDW were in attendance at the 2017 AIC for the official debut and received a token of appreciation from AAMVA's Chair of the Board and host of the conference, Jean Shiomoto (CA).

    mDL Overview Video
    The topic of “putting a driver’s license on a cellphone” has enjoyed much attention in the press recently. Various initiatives are being undertaken in this area. At this time most appear to be proof-of-concept or exploratory in nature. Interest is being expressed by a variety of stakeholders, including driver license administrators, legislators, vendors, and the general public.

    To respond to this growing interest in Mobile Driver Licenses/Identification Cards (mDL) AAMVA has brought together the Card Design Standard (CDS) Committee, and the Electronic Identity Working Group (eID WG). The CDS Committee is responsible for enhancing interoperability between issuing authorities in respect of, among other things, driver’s licenses – as seen through the DL/ID standard. The CDS committee also strives to present the AAMVA community’s point of view within other organizations, including standards organizations.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.

    A starting point was to address the “what” an mDL needs to do – this has been addressed by the " Mobile Driver's License Functional Needs Whitepaper. " A White Paper states requirements, but also formulates questions (without providing answers) on issues that require further investigation, analysis and discussion. 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.  

    Visit the mDL Resources / Documentation page where you can download the whitepaper and other mDL resource documentation.



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