Two trend-setting states are hoping to bring app-based licenses to the masses

While various tech companies are struggling for dominance in the mobile payment and wallet industry, several governments are also hoping to cash in on the convenience of phones-as-documents. Recently announced, the state of Delaware is hoping to be the first in the nation to equip its citizens with digital drivers licenses, allowing them to leave their hard copies at home.

Earlier this month, the state's senate adopted a resolution allowing the Delaware DMV to study the benefits and processes involved in implementing a platform for digital driver's licenses to supplement physical ones. “We'd like to go first,” said Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles director Jennifer Cohan to Delaware Online. “If it works for Delaware, then it will be a new option for Delaware citizens to show proof of driver's license and identification.”

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