Electronic Identity

With the advancement of technology, more and more people are using the internet to perform tasks that historically were required to be done in person. In addition to the constant evolution of technology, mounting budget pressures in many jurisdictions continue to motivate the desire to migrate transactions out of the office to the internet. The move to online services offers an opportunity for cost reduction and improved customer experience.

Online, the information used in connection with the driver license and identification card (DL/ID) can become an electronic identity (eID). Establishing an identity ecosystem allows individuals to validate their identities securely when conducting sensitive transactions (such as banking or viewing health records) and letting them remain anonymous when they’re not (for instance, while blogging or surfing the web). The identity ecosystem protects the privacy of individuals by reducing the need for individuals to share personal identifiable information (PII) in order to identify themselves at multiple web sites and by establishing consistent policies about how organizations use and manage PII in the identity ecosystem.

AAMVA, with the support of our Electronic Identity Working Group, has been working with federal partners and standards organizations (such as the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace and the National Institute of Standards and Technology) in the development and maintenance of standards and best practices to successfully establish a secure and effective electronic identity ecosystem.

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