Delaware has set its sights on the milestone of being the first state in the United States to allow drivers to carry a digital license. This means that drivers wouldn’t need to carry a physical license instead they can use an app on their smartphones to pull it up as and when required. The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles is now studying this possibility after the state legislature adopted a resolution a few days back.
According to The Daily Times Delaware state officials are making it clear that digital licenses won’t eliminate plastic ones altogether. This move is aimed at offering more options to drivers as well as convenience and isn’t necessary one that will replace plastic driver’s licenses.
Its not the first state that’s trying to achieve this milestone. Iowa announced in December 2014 that it wants to put driver’s licenses on drivers’ phones, and the state is now in the process of putting together a pilot program.
Iowa already allows drivers to show digital copies of their vehicle’s registration and insurance so licenses are naturally the next step.
Jennifer Cohan, DMV Director and the governor’s nominee for secretary of transportation has said that if meetings about Delaware’s push for digital licenses go well over the next few weeks a pilot project in this state could begin “sooner rather than later.”