California’s digital driver’s license debuts on Android and iOS

Summary

  • California has launched a digital driver’s license and ID program, allowing residents to hold a virtual copy of their driving credentials on their smartphones.
  • The CA DMV Wallet app now supports digital IDs on both Android and iOS, but users will still need to keep a physical ID or license on them.
  • The practical usage of digital IDs will be limited at first, but they are expected to be most helpful for TSA PreCheck at supported airports.


In an age where our smartphones hold everything from our favorite songs to our bank details, it’s not surprising that they are set to house our official IDs too. Particularly in California, the host to Silicon Valley, where digital transformation is underway — now, the state has officially launched its digital driver’s license and ID program, making it accessible for residents to hold a virtual copy of their driving credentials.

As reported by Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii, for Californians eager to switch to a digital format, the CA DMV Wallet app now supports digital IDs on both Android and iOS. Once downloaded, users can swiftly obtain their digital driver’s license, with some reporting the process taking just under a minute. However, it’s worth noting that as of now, this digital ID doesn’t integrate with Google Wallet’s digital ID feature.

To enroll in the mDL Pilot, you just need a valid California driver’s license or ID card, and it must be in good enough condition to be easily scannable by your phone’s camera. You’ll also need a MyDMV account, but creating one is free. From there, it’s just a matter of installing the DMV Wallet app and following the prompts to set up your digital ID.

The state admits that practical usage of this feature will be limited at

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