California Expands Mobile Driver’s License Pilot Program to the General Public

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has expanded its Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) pilot program to the general public, after initially launching it in May with a limited number of participants, reports NBC Los Angeles. The pilot program allows residents to upload their driver’s license to their smartphones via the CA DMV Wallet app. While the program is capped at 1.5 million participants and the mDLs are not universally accepted yet, they are currently valid at selected international airports and businesses that use TrueAge identification.

  • Initially launched in May with a limited audience, the mDL pilot program has now been opened to the general public, though it has a cap of 1.5 million participants.
  • The mobile driver’s license is secured through biometrics and encryption, meeting the highest federal and international security standards. This makes it difficult for unauthorized individuals to access or misuse the mDL.
  • As of now, the mDL is only accepted at certain international airports and businesses that use TrueAge identification for age verification. The DMV advises participants to continue carrying their physical driver’s license as a precaution.
  • States that have already rolled out the digital card include Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Hawaii, Utah, and Maryland.