The Mississippi Department of Safety (DPS) is partnering with IDEMIA to bring mobile driver’s licenses to Mississippi residents. The state is the fourth state to offer IDEMIA’s Mobile ID service, and joins a list that already includes Oklahoma, Delaware, and Arizona. The former adopted Mobile IDs in 2019, while the latter two made their announcements in March of 2021.
Those who are interested in a Mobile ID can sign up for the program when they receive their more traditional physical driver’s license. The digital document can be used as valid proof of identity (or proof of age) at any Mississippi location that recognizes physical licenses, and thereby negates the need for a physical card in many in-person interactions.
IDEMIA’s Mobile IDs are stored in a free app on the user’s smartphone. The Mississippi version can only be accessed with a fingerprint or facial recognition scan, which prevents criminals from using the documents for fraudulent purposes. The app also gives document holders more control over their personal information, since they can choose what information to share (and not share) when using the Mobile ID to verify their age.
The Mobile IDs will offer additional utilities online, where they can be used as proof of identity when accessing state services. The technology will make those interactions more secure and help mitigate fraud within the Mississippi system.
“The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is committed to utilizing technology to enhance the quality of our residents’ lives,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell. “While Mississippi Mobile ID will be voluntary; it is our belief that residents will find this new service to be secure, private and convenient.”
“Through this partnership, Mississippi is leading the digital transformation by bringing residents a secure identification option that enhances their access to state services,” added IDEMIA Business Operations VP Michael Lee.
IDEMIA is expecting to add more states to its Mobile ID roster in 2022. The company also built a separate Mobile ID app for the state of Iowa.