Mississippi Unveils Mobile ID Program – An App for Phones

Mississippi is unveiling a new app designed to store someone’s driver’s license on their phone.

The app is billed as a safe and effective way to make sure your ID is always on you, according to WLOX-TV.

However, state officials say people will still need a physical driver’s license to show if requested when stopped by law enforcement. Another exception listed on the program website is boarding a plane.

However, there is a “growing list” of companies and state agencies that accept Mississippi Mobile ID, state officials said.

“Vendors can accept Mobile ID with confidence, as the digital ID information can be verified against what is on file with the Department of Public Safety and will always be accurate and up to date,” says the program website.

Residents’ information is safe and can only be accessed with a fingerprint or facial recognition, officials from the Public Security Department said.

“One less thing for me to bear and lose,” Mike Davis told WLOX.

Mississippi Mobile ID is voluntary and residents can continue to rely on their physical ID.

Some residents interviewed by the broadcaster prefer to continue to rely on their identity documents.

“At the end of the day, we already have so much personal data on our phones that I think we should keep some off our phones,” said Nick Fain of Ocean Springs. Fain said he prefers the physical card he keeps in his wallet.

More information on the program can be found at https://www.driverservicebureau.dps.ms.gov/mobile-id/

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