Driver’s licenses are the de facto standard ID of US citizens, but the current system is based on legacy technologies that don't provide maximum security and convenience. With Apple Wallet and Android Wallet, we have the ability to store credit cards, tickets, and coupons all on our mobile devices, but why not our IDs? It's the logical next step.
There are a lot of challenges in making a viable ID for screen, after all, almost anything on a screen can be copied and identities are much more important than credit cards. ID-2 is a modernized ID card, and it's where we could be with identification in the near future.
Physical driver’s licenses are easy to forge and your information is easy to steal because it’s always visible. Digital ID requires a recognized fingerprint to view and has several security features built in to prevent identity theft and forgery.
Current driver’s licenses put all your information onto the barcode and most are unencrypted, meaning that anyone with a regular barcode scanner app can almost instantly have your personal information. ID-2 presents a more secure system where each individual is assigned a unique ID number encrypted with a special key, this is the visible barcode.
Police scanners will be able to ping the ID-2 database with your barcode, where the ID number is decrypted and your information is retrieved. This is then sent back to the scanner to be decrypted by the scanner's key, confirming the IDs authenticity and the individual's driving/criminal history.
Businesses won't have access to the primary database, but will have access to the public API, where the scanned barcode will have the API return some partial information, including full name and age.
If you lose your wallet, someone gets to have your ID and you can't do anything about it. They can make purchases with your credit cards and impersonate you. Thankfully phones have more security. If you lose your phone, you can find it with its GPS and know your information is secure, or you can remotely wipe everything and know you only lost a gadget. Above all, why not carry just your phone instead of a wallet of cards and a phone.
Well, it's not real — yet. But ID-2 would be an add-on to your existing physical driver license to start. You would apply for one online and have a background check done, if approved you'll receive login credentials to an ID-2 portal where your ID-2 install is waiting for you!
While this is unlikely, given the requirement of a phone PIN lock and fingerprint, a screenshot won't be able to be used as a real ID for obvious reasons. ID-2 is constantly animating and moving and is very much interactive. Also having a copy of someones barcode doesn't mean you get all their information (just a jumbled string of text).
Iowa has attempted a digital ID which consists of a PIN protected app that holds what is essentially a photo of your driver license. Not much thought has been given to the development and likely won't see any adoption or acceptance as an official license. ID-2, while not viable at the moment, is a more robust and secure system.
ID-2 can be quickly accessed from the lock screen, after authenticating with a fingerprint, the ID is the only thing that can be viewed, much like how the native camera function works. Incoming messages and notifications are also disabled while the ID is open.
See the security section. The security features are designed to make it incredibly difficult for the average person to forge a fake digital ID, combining things like interactions, optical illusions and moving visuals make it impossible to emulate with video or screenshot. As for criminals with the technical know how and patience to create an identical application, it won't be easy to get a working barcode since the encryption key is not made public. An ID can only be authenticated if the information on the ID matches that of the database.