D.C. is on track to issue electronic versions of driver’s licenses – The Washington Post – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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D.C. residents could soon carry a digital version of their driver’s license or identification card on their phone, using it to enter a bar or a government building or when pulled over by police.

The D.C. Council is poised this month to approve legislation that would allow the city to issue electronic driver’s licenses and IDs, joining a growing number of states — including Maryland and Virginia — that are embracing digital credentials. The legislation would allow people to present identification in an electronic format, such as on a smartphone, instead of a physical credential, except when prohibited by federal law.

Technology in recent years has allowed people to use phones to store credit cards, boarding passes, concert tickets and proof of coronavirus vaccinations. Going digital for driver’s licenses is inevitable, transportation officials say, noting that in many jurisdictions, such as the District, residents already provide proof of insurance and car registration through apps.

“We are moving to a digital space, and the driver’s license can operate securely in that space as well,” said Gabriel Robinson, director of the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. “This


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