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State Department of Motor Vehicles Announces Launch of Digital Form of State-Issued Driver License, Learner Permit, and Non-Driver ID


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Yesterday morning, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles launched the New York Mobile ID. The new feature is a secure digital version of a state-issued driver license, learner permit, or a non-driver ID on a smartphone device.

The NY DMV says the Mobile ID is designed for convenience and security for New Yorkers who use both IOS and Android Devices. Anyone who has a valid, state-issued driver’s license, learner permit or non-driver ID may now download the secure Mobile ID in available app stores.

“Everything is on your cell phone these days, and now, your ID can be too. This is an exciting way to provide identification without having to dig through your wallet or purse to find your physical document. Rather than handing over your physical ID with lots of personal information, the Mobile ID gives you greater control over what personal data you share.”

DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder said.

In addition to the convenience of having a Mobile ID, the DMV says they have entered into a partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The partnership will allow the Mobile ID to be accepted at security checkpoints at 30 participating airports currently, including JFK and LaGuardia airports. 

Steps required before having you Mobile ID set-up may be found below:

Download the New York MiD app from the App Store or through Google Play.

Register the phone number of the device the Mobile ID will be on. An individual’s Mobile ID can only be on one device at a time to help protect their identity. 

Take a picture of the front and back of their physical ID (driver license, non-driver ID, or Learner Permit), using their phone’s camera. 

Pose for a selfie. The app checks your photo and ID against information on file with the DMV to ensure you are who you say you are. 

Once your information is verified, your MiD is active and ready to use wherever it is accepted.

Do not, the New York Mobile ID will serve as a companion to your physical ID, and not all businesses or stakeholders will initially accept mobile IDs, you should always continue to carry their physical driver’s license or ID.

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