The mobile driver's license (mDL) is the future of licensing and proof of identity. An mDL is a driver's license that is provisioned to a mobile device with the capability to be updated in real time. It is comprised of the same data elements that are used to produce a physical driver's license, however, the data is transmitted electronically to a relying party's reader device and authenticated. The mDL is a significant improvement over physical credentials which can easily be lost or stolen, become broken or damaged, contain outdated information, offer too much information (including personally identifiable information), and can more easily be replicated by counterfeiters. The mDL offers safe, secure, and trustable technologies that allow for completely touchless transactions, selective information release, data protection, and so much more.
AAMVA is leading the mDL efforts in North America and works closely with its counterparts across the world to ensure resources are available to implement successful solutions and to support the framework and ecosystem that will be necessary to achieve global interoperability and acceptance. AAMVA is actively involved in both domestic and international standardization efforts surrounding the mDL.
AAMVA's Card Design Standard Subcommittee and Electronic Identity Subcommittee together form the Joint mDL Subcommittee which serves as the voice for jurisdictions in this rapidly evolving topic.
- Mobile Driver's License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines 1.1 (September 2022)
- Airports accepting mDLs (external link)
- mDL - A Digital ID for the 21st Century video
- mDL Prototype Interoperability Event video
- Functional Needs White Paper (January 2019)
- mDL Frequently Asked Questions for Law Enforcement
- Procurement Guidance for Mobile Driver LIcense (mDL) (August 2018)
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