Iowa will soon allow citizens to use a mobile app on their smart phone as their driver’s license.
The free app will be available for Iowans in 2015, Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) director Paul Trombino announced during a state budget hearing, the Des Moines Register reports. The digital license can be used at airports and during traffic stops. The app would require a pin number to maintain security.
The new app is part of the Iowa DOT’s shift toward a variety of transportation-related technology advances, like cameras in snowplows and online bridge-building support.
The Register reported that Trombino is asking for $14.8 million for the license project: “We are really moving forward on this. The way things are going, we may be the first in the nation,” he said.