Utah Launches Pioneering Pilot on Mobile Driver’s License

Waltham and Boston, Massachusetts, Salt Lake City, Utah (March 30, 2021) – The Utah Driver License Division (DLD) has launched a mobile driver license (mDL) pilot for offering driver’s licenses and ID cards on mobile phones. The pilot will demonstrate improvement in citizen privacy and security, while highlighting the convenience and safety of tap and go transactions. It will use a fully ISO 18013-5-compliant mobile app, following the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) mDL Implementation Guidelines.

The new mDLs are a secure, contactless digital form of ID that give citizens control of their identity data. They choose the personal information they share with businesses. The pilot will build public acceptance of mDL in real-world scenarios such as banking, travel, traffic stops, and restaurant and liquor store transactions that require age verification. Building an open ecosystem during the pilot where mDLs are accepted at many businesses will pave the way for making mDLs viable for all of Utah’s more than two million licensed drivers. Utahns may be able to leave their wallet at home soon.

Unlike other pilots, Utah will fully utilize the ISO 18013-5 standard for mDL, which provides the benefit of cryptographic proof of identity that prevents forgery and cannot be achieved by simply showing your phone screen to a clerk at a business.

“Our Driver License Division is committed to working with residents and stakeholders to implement a solution which provides the highest value to Utahns: one which is accepted anywhere and provides enhanced privacy, security and personal control,” said Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jess L. Anderson. “Utahns’ privacy is of the utmost importance to us and the mDL gives them control over their data. They choose what information to share when their identification is requested.”

For mDL, Utah DLD has tapped GET Group North America and its technology partner, Scytáles, to provide GET Mobile ID, an ISO 18013-5-compliant application that puts an official driver’s license or ID Card on a citizen’s smartphone. The Contactless ID document can be verified with a tap or scan and is accepted worldwide using any ISO 18013-5-compliant reader, such as GET Mobile Verify. The GET/Scytáles mDL technology was the first to pass the formal conformity assessment testing, meant to ensure compliance to the stringent standards that allow for global acceptance.

“Utah DLD has incredible foresight and timing to lead the world with standardized mDLs. We are proud to support Utah DLD as they begin launching a full-scale mDL program,” said Alex Kambanis, President and Managing Director of GET Group North America. “COVID has accelerated the importance of Contactless ID for both citizens and the businesses that accept ID. Utah DLD is providing Utah residents a huge benefit with financial, security and health-related impacts.”

“Utahns will now lead the country in having the benefit of a completely secure, privacy-centered, standardized form of mobile ID. Our team looks forward to supporting Utah in its pioneering role in implementing the very first fully ISO-compliant mDL,” said Geoff Slagle, President & Chief Business Development Officer at Scytáles, Inc.

The pilot will begin with approximately 100 select participants and expand to 10,000 participants including the broader public during 2021. Utah businesses can participate in the pilot to accept mDLs now and prepare for when mDL is available to all Utahns.

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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About Scytáles

Scytáles is breaking new ground by developing and offering ISO-compliant Mobile Driver Licenses, Mobile IDs and derived Mobile IDs as a complement to Security Printed Documents, and Validation mechanisms in realtime in online and offline modes. The company participates as experts in Mobile Identity through the standardization body (SIS) and participates on the Task Force 14 on Mobile Driving Licences within ISO/IEC JTC1/SC17/WG10. Scytáles is also providing a Credential Service Provider (CSP), an ICAO 9303/PKD PKI, supporting multiple Mobile DLs/IDs and online identity validation providers. Scytáles lays the foundation for a comprehensive lineup of online digital services, serving billions of users, as well as enabling high-security printed documents and banknotes to go digital and mobile.  

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Banking: Better Security and Convenience with Mobile ID

Digital identification documents such as mobile driver’s licenses (mDLs) have arrived, with several states running pilot programs and moving to production. With consumers’ growing dependence on online banking technologies (open banking[i], ATMs, bank mobile apps, financial consolidators[ii]), it makes sense for financial institutions to accept digital forms of ID to verify customers’ identities.

Three possible banking use cases include at the ATM, at a financial center, and remote banking access.  The current strength and usability of remote identity proofing technologies make it difficult for banks to roll out some functionality. mDL can potentially unlock what is necessary to open an account at an ATM, with a greeter at a bank lobby, or online.

“Know your client” (KYC) guidelines in financial services require bankers to verify a customer’s identity to make sure they are who they claim to be and to capture legal name and number from a government-issued ID. Usually, the customer presents a valid driver’s license as proof of identity. However, physical ID cards can be stolen, altered or faked. Cryptographic proof of ID can eradicate fakes while strong user authentication lessens the likelihood of misuse. Considering the sensitivity of banking transactions, the highest levels of encryption and data security are important. A digital ID that resides on the customer’s mobile phone is not only more convenient, but more secure than a card.

GET Mobile ID conforms with national and international mDL standards, ensuring global interoperability. It has been tested for conformance[iii] with those standards and is a highly secure way of accepting a customer’s ID for banking transactions.

Assured identity reduces risk, enabling greater functionality and more convenience for bank customers. For instance, when a bank customer visits an ATM at a non-bank location, scans their debit card, enters their PIN, and deposits a check, the ATM typically informs them that their funds will be available in 48 to 72 hours unless they can submit proof of ID. With GET Mobile ID, a customer can accurately verify their identity with a single tap of their mobile ID on the ATM’s NFC pad, allowing instant availability of funds.

Opening an account at an ATM is also possible when identity is more assured and KYC requirements are met. This does not exist today because of the cost and accuracy of equipment to authenticate the different document types from around the world. With mDL, verifying the issuer signature can be done on any computing device and bears only the cost of getting the proper issuer certificate for verification.

When opening a new account at a financial center, a customer can tap their GET Mobile ID to the banker’s tablet to verify their identity and confirm their intention to open a new account. GET Mobile ID will transfer the required identity data that meets KYC requirements to the bank tablet after ensuring the consent of the mDL holder.

In the future, a new customer could even remotely set up an account through a bank’s phone application using their GET Mobile ID. With a quick face match to ensure consent and identity, they could digitally transfer PII data directly to the bank application for quick processing. This could alleviate some of the hassles of lighting and network speed when attempting to upload physical identification documents. Banking transactions have the potential to grow exponentially with the addition of mobile ID technology.

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[i] https://www.investopedia.com/terms/o/open-banking.asp

[ii] https://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/mint-alternatives/

[iii] https://getgroupna.com/2020/12/07/get-mobile-id-solution-passes-ul-conformity-assessment/