The government of West Virginia has announced that it is working on a mobile ID that is expected to launch in the spring of this year. The West Virginia Mobile ID will comprise a digital driver’s license and ID card stored on the end user’s smartphone, and is being developed by IDEMIA in consultation with the state government and law enforcement authorities.
In revealing the mobile ID effort, the governor’s office also announced the immediate launch of a digital vehicle registration card, a move that will eliminate “the need to rummage through glove compartments or worry about misplaced cards.” The digital card is designed to be stored in the user’s mobile wallet, and is compatible with iOS and Android.
As for the planned mobile ID, DMV Commissioner Everett Frazier described it as “a game-changer,” adding, “It’s secure, convenient, and puts the power of your ID right at your fingertips.”
State government and DMV officials haven’t yet revealed further details of the system, but given IDEMIA’s previous mobile ID projects with other states, it will likely entail the use of a selfie-based onboarding system.
Last fall, Iowa became the fifth state to launch a mobile driver’s license built by IDEMIA, following successful launches in Oklahoma, Delaware, Arizona, and Mississippi. Iowa’s mobile ID asks end users to scan both sides of their driver’s license and to take a selfie, with IDEMIA’s facial recognition technology automatically matching them together—or rejecting them, in the event of a fraudulent attempt at ID registration.
West Virginia’s DMV says it will continue to provide updates on its mobile ID efforts going forward.
January 29, 2024 – by Alex Perala