Secure Technology Alliance Publishes White Paper on Mobile Driver’s Licenses and Emerging Ecosystem

Secure Technology Alliance Publishes White Paper on Mobile Driver’s Licenses and Emerging Ecosystem

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., April 2, 2020 – The mobile driver’s license (mDL) market is developing rapidly in the U.S., with states in varying stages of implementation. The Secure Technology Alliance released today a detailed resource to educate those looking to issue and accept mDLs on how they work and their benefits. The resource also discusses challenges, implementation, privacy considerations and other technical aspects of this emerging technology.

The white paper, “The Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) and Ecosystem,” is available for download at

“More services are becoming digital to satisfy consumer’s preferences for using smartphones to carry payments cards, membership cards, and other ID cards with sensitive personal information. Digitizing driver’s licenses is a logical next step,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Secure Technology Alliance. “To help stakeholders understand how mDLs will change how identification is managed, this resource will answer essential questions around the standards, features and uses of an mDL; why someone should use or accept an mDL; and how the mDL will meet expectations of trustworthiness.”

This white paper focuses solely on the mDLs being implemented in the United States that comply with the draft ISO/IEC standard 18013-5, and provides:

  • An introduction to mDLs including the difference between mDLs and traditional physical licenses, the standards being developed, the stakeholders involved, and the processes for issuing and accepting mDLs
  • An overview of the usage architecture such as provisioning and issuance management, in-person use and trust models
  • Insight into privacy considerations for mDLs, with a focus on verifiers and mDL readers
  • A discussion of trust frameworks and considerations for verifier confidence in accepting mDLs
  • A summary of key challenges and considerations for establishing a robust mDL ecosystem
  • Short descriptions of 11 possible uses for mDLs for identity verification in a variety of environments

Tom Lockwood, Identity Council Chair and leader for the Alliance’s mDL efforts, noted, “This publication was developed through active collaboration and participation by industry and government members of the Secure Technology Alliance Identity Council and invited industry leaders.”  The Identity Council provides leadership and coordination and serves as focal point for the Alliance’s identity and identity-related efforts leveraging embedded chip technology and privacy- and security-enhancing software. Additional information on the Identity Council can be found at

Secure Technology Alliance members and guests involved in the development and review of this white paper included: Aetna, a CVS Health Company; American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA); Burns Engineering; CPI Card Group; Exponent, Inc.; Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS); HID Global; Gemalto, a Thales Company; GET Group NA; ID Technology Partners; IDEMIA; IDentity Check; Intercede; Kantara Initiative; Mastercard; NextgenID; SAFE Identity; SHAZAM; Underwriters Laboratories (UL); U.S. Department of Defense (DoD); Visa; XTec, Inc.

The Alliance is hosting a webinar series on mDLs to raise awareness and help educate stakeholders on this developing technology. The first webinar in the series will give an introduction to mDLs and will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 1pm ET/10am PT. Attendees can earn a certificate of participation by attending the webinar series and completing a knowledge assessment at the end of each webinar. More information and registration can be found at

TWEET THIS: [email protected] releases new white paper on mobile driver’s licenses, explaining how they work, what to expect and challenges to building an mDL ecosystem

About the Secure Technology Alliance

The Secure Technology Alliance is the digital security industry’s premier association. The Alliance brings together leading providers and adopters of end-to-end security solutions designed to protect privacy and digital assets in payments, mobile, identity and access, healthcare, transportation and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) markets.

The Alliance’s mission is to stimulate understanding, adoption and widespread application of connected digital solutions based on secure chip and other technologies and systems needed to protect data, enable secure authentication and facilitate commerce.

The Alliance is driven by its U.S.-focused member companies. They collaborate by sharing expertise and industry best practices through industry and technology councils, focused events, educational resources, industry outreach, advocacy, training and certification programs. Through participation in the breadth of Alliance activities, members strengthen personal and organizational networks and take away the insights to build the business strategies needed to commercialize secure products and services in this dynamic environment.

For more information, please visit


Adrian Loth
Montner Tech PR
[email protected]