Wyoming to pilot digital driver license phone app

Oct 6, 2017 From wire reports

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Wyoming is set to run a pilot program that will make driver's license accessible through a phone application.

About 100 people statewide within the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Highway Patrol will be using the pilot program.

Wyoming is joining three other states and the District of Columbia in using the digital IDs.

The program is run by tech security company Gemalto, which states the app isn't connected to the Internet, so there's virtually no risk of someone tracking a user's whereabouts or personal information based on when they open the license.

The money for development and the pilot program comes from a two-year grant from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Many Wyoming drivers have complained in recent years about cumbersome in-person identification requirements imposed under the Patriot Act at Department of Motor Vehicles offices statewide.