Iowa DOT Introducing Driver's License App In 2015

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
iowa dot introducing driver s license app in 2015

Live and drive in Iowa? The state’s DOT will soon have an app that will act as your license.

The Des Moines Register reports the app will be free of charge to all Iowa drivers when it arrives sometime next year, and is as official as the traditional plastic license card one receives after waiting forever and a day in the DMV; drivers can still get the more tangible version if so desired.

Iowa is also one of 30 states that allows drivers to present insurance information in electronic form during a traffic stop. Per Iowa DOT director Paul Trombino, having a digital license is only logical. He adds that the app will be secure via PIN verification, and will be accepted by security in Iowa’s airports, as well.

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  • Beastpilot Beastpilot on Dec 12, 2014

    A hundred thousand 18 year old college freshmen just collectively yelled OH HELL YES. How does this not make fake ID's insanely easy? It's a picture on your screen now accepted as ID. So why can't I just have a .JPG on my phone that I pasted my picture on and hand that to the Cop/Bouncer/TSA agent/DMV/Loan officer giving you a subprime, no-down, 100 month loan, etc? I realize all ID's can be faked, but this makes it silly easy. At this point I fail to see why they don't just accept your verbal statement that you are who you say you are. If the idea is that you have to show that you launched the correct app, typed in a PIN, were connected to the network and server... Well, it's one week until someone has an app on the store that does all of that for a dollar and allows you to input any data you want.

  • SaulTigh SaulTigh on Dec 12, 2014

    The smartphone has caused us all to collectively take leave of our senses.

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Dec 13, 2014

      @petezeiss Yeah, the cost of connectivity is outrageous, for an individual or family. But people who own a business let the business pick up that tab as a legitimate business expense and just tack on users and devices as needed. We're with Verizon now but have been with Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and even CenturyLink over the years. It would not be doable for many individuals to cough up the cost of Broadband and Mobile plans but business owners see it as a legitimate business expense. And so does the IRS.

  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Dec 13, 2014

    I'd like to know more about how it works, but I suspect this will end up being incredibly abused at the very least by kids trying to buy beer.

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    • Petezeiss Petezeiss on Dec 13, 2014

      @Lie2me Snitch-boxes with thousands of log files a layman would never even suspect existed let alone be able to locate.

  • Mikedt Mikedt on Dec 13, 2014

    The whole idea of having to carry a license and registration is asinine. The first thing the cop does when you give this stuff to him is verify it via the computer. So why do I need it in the first place? Hell. before he's even walked to your window he's run the plate, verified the owner - and I'm guessing has looked for outstanding warrants and license status, registration status and the make/model/color of the vehicle itself. The need to carry paper that just backs up what his computer says is just an excuse for more tickets. Because, lets be honest, no matter what you hand him, he's going to believe his computer above anything else.

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    • Vulpine Vulpine on Dec 13, 2014

      So the data is in his computer--as far as it goes. How does he confirm that YOU are the authorized owner/driver and that YOU are who the computer says you are? He still needs to see something with that authorized picture on it (for visual comparison) and quite honestly the police computers don't know if your car is properly insured or not since the insurance companies don't tell them.