Iowa may become the first state to offer digital driver’s licenses, but other states may not be far behind. Jennifer Openshaw, a vice president with MorphoTrust USA, says the company works with state agencies all over the country to continually update drivers licenses.
“MorphoTrust has pioneered many of the technology advances over the years,” Openshaw says. “…We were, in fact, responsible for the first plastic license with a photo back in 1958 and we work with 42 state DMVs to provide the plastic drivers license you carry in your wallet.”
Openshaw says her company is in discussion not only with Iowa but with several of those states about a smart phone application that will display a digital driver’s license. Iowa DOT officials say they’re “hoping” to offer a digital driver’s license to Iowans sometime in 2016.
According to MorphoTrust’s website, the company was the first to develop facial recognition software and a “digital watermark” for driver’s licenses.