Airport ID Checks will be Safer, More Secure and Faster with Mobile ID

Air travel requires ID verification at airport check-in and security checkpoints. While airlines have taken the step to implement digital boarding passes, travelers still juggle their carry-on bags, wallets, phones, and must dig out their driver’s licenses or passports to hand them over for verification. Wouldn’t it be great if their IDs could be scanned like the boarding pass can?

COVID-19 has added extra concern for air travelers: transmission in public spaces where people congregate (like in a line to get through security). Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents wear gloves to mitigate transfer of germs, but they handle thousands of ID cards a day – so that is not a perfect solution and it risks the agents’ own health[i].

Mobile IDs (mID) and driver’s licenses (mDL) are part of the solution. Issued by state DMVs, mDLs are housed on individuals’ mobile phones and scanned electronically for verification, eliminating the need for others to handle the credential to verify identity. States are adopting[ii] contactless technology, and mobile IDs will become commonplace this year. The benefits are greatest when many who rely on identity documents, like TSA, accept the mDL and digitally verify it as signed by the issuing authority.

The result is safer, faster, easier, and more secure check-in at the airport.

Why is it Safer?

Contactless transactions are surfacing across multiple use cases to help limit disease transmission.  Consumers have figured out that contactless payment can limit their own risk of exposure and that of the store clerk. QR-code based restaurant menus and payment also provide self-service without contact.

Adoption of contactless payment options has skyrocketed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 80 percent of consumers in a 2020 Visa survey said they were concerned about touching payment readers; 54% said they would switch to a new store that accepts contactless payments. In April 2020, just a few months into the pandemic, MasterCard reported that more than half (51%) of Americans had begun using some form of contactless payment. There is unanimous agreement in the industry that the trend is here to stay.

Mobile Driver’s Licenses provide the same opportunity for contactless transactions because the ID document never has to leave your hands. You can tap, scan, or share your identity data under their own control. NFC, QR codes, Bluetooth, and online lookups are all possible.

Why is it More Secure?

Like a physical ID card, GET Mobile ID is used for age and identity verification. Unlike physical cards, mobile phone screens do not have “linked and layered” security features, and data displayed on a mobile phone screen cannot be verified or trusted. It takes just a few minutes to photoshop a new ID.

To combat acceptance of falsified ID documents, the ISO 18013-5 mDL standard was created for easily obtaining secure and reliable data from a mobile ID on a phone. An ISO 18013-5 compliant mobile ID is actually less prone to counterfeit than a physical card, which can be stolen, altered or faked.

ISO 18013-5-compliant mDLs are trustworthy, official, government-issued driver’s licenses or IDs on a smart phone. The government issuer e-signs the data and puts it under the control of the mDL holder (the citizen), to be used via electronic transfer. Verifiers can authenticate eSignatures to immediately ensure the data is accurate and has not been tampered with.

Why is it Faster?

Mobile driver’s licenses provide a contactless “Tap & Go” ID transaction comparable to making a payment with the tap of smartphone.

TSA is leading the way by requiring ISO 18013-5 for accepting mobile IDs, and American Airlines is implementing mobile ID verification at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). American can roll the program out to more locations in the future. The airline is working with TSA to explore broader use of mobile ID verification in airports.

GET Mobile ID

Leave your wallet at home. GET Mobile ID provides a high-assurance ID on a user’s mobile device that can be accepted everywhere. It implements the full ISO 18013-5 standard. Cryptographic proof of ID helps combat identity fraud with a more convenient, secure and instant alternative to traditional physical ID documents.

GET Mobile ID fully supports ISO 18013-5 so that citizens can use their ID everywhere, from point of sale at the supermarket to the airport. The options for contactless ID are endless. GET Mobile ID utilizes formidable data encryption algorithms and communication security to combat fraud, reduce identity theft, and allow interoperability while putting the citizen in control of their ID. ISO 18013-5 does not require a specific card reader for acceptance; it can interface through Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi Aware, or barcode readers. ISO 18013-5 can be built into existing point of service devices.

Using Mobile ID for airport check-in is an upgrade to the travel experience for passengers, with the peace of mind knowing their data is safe and their COVID exposure is limited. Together we can limit transmission.




GET Group North America Stands Out for 18013-5-Compliant Mobile ID Technology in 2020

Waltham, Massachusetts, (Jan 25, 2021) – Despite the global challenges of COVID-19, GET Group North America (GET Group NA) continued to make inroads into the mobile ID industry in 2020. The company has successfully distinguished itself as a market leader for contactless mobile driver’s license (mDL) solutions. With over 20 years of experience in secure government credentials, GET Group NA has been a leading contributor to the 18013-5 mDL standard that ensures global interoperability and security.  By providing cryptographic proof of ID, not just a photo of an ID on a mobile device, GET Mobile ID allows verifiers to ensure the information is certified by the issuing authority (such as a DMV) and has not been tampered with.

“2020 was a year like no other and the need to minimize physical exchanges and reduce the spread of germs was paramount,” said Alex Kambanis, president and managing director, GET Group North America. “We are proudly committed to deploying privacy-enhancing, safe and secure mobile IDs and mobile driver’s licenses that support the contactless exchange of ID information and fully implement the 18013-5 standard.”

GET Group North America helped the Secure Technology Alliance (STA) develop a comprehensive white paper on the new ISO/IEC 18013-5 compliant mobile driver’s license. “The Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) and Ecosystem” addresses the potential of mDLs to fundamentally change the way identification credentials are issued and used in the U.S. For the second consecutive year with GET, David Kelts, director of mobile ID product development, was named one of the top contributors on the Secure Technology Alliance’s 2020 Honor Roll, which recognizes the leading individual and member company contributors to Alliance activities and projects this year.

“We are not just providing mobile ID and mobile driver’s license technology, we are helping to shape and define the criteria that will make mDLs widely accepted and universally trusted,” said David Kelts. “As states are adopting mobile driver’s licenses, choosing the best 18013-5 technology makes it simple for these forms of ID to be secure and accepted everywhere.”

GET Mobile ID for iOS and Android successfully passed a conformity assessment against ISO 18013-5 carried out by the Identity Management & Security division of UL, the global safety science leader. Conformity in an open mDL/mID ecosystem ensures the same level of trust as a traditional biometric passport.

The company was also pleased to welcome Geoff Slagle, a globally known patron and spokesperson for mobile driver’s license technology and former director of Identity Management for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), as President and Chief Business Development Officer of GET Group’s global mDL partner, Scytáles AB.

“I’ve spent the last decade assisting with the creation and shaping of policies and standards that make the implementation of mobile driver’s licenses possible, and now I want to support the execution of those advancements in the private sector,” said Geoff Slagle. “I am impressed by the global partnership Scytáles and GET Group have formed to produce mDLs that can be issued and used everywhere thanks to compliance with global identification standards.”

GET Group NA also increased its engagement with mDL and mID verifiers in 2020, exploring potential use cases for retailers, restaurants, pharmacies, TSA, financial institutions, and others where secure, contactless ID can allow for more personal and safer transactions.


About GET Group North America

GET Group North America and its partners develop, manufacture, and implement end-to-end solutions for secure physical and mobile credentials that enable government agencies, motor vehicle departments, municipalities law enforcement organizations, and other entities to leverage the latest in secure identity management technologies. From photo ID cards, driver’s licenses and passports, to mDLs and mIDs, GET Group NA delivers advanced issuance, verification and personalization capabilities that prevent identification fraud, accommodate diversified customer needs, and support the future of ID use cases.

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