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Digital driver’s licenses present new challenges

Digital driver’s licenses present new challenges

A new program from the Iowa Department of Transportation could mean digital driver’s licenses for Iowans. The app is still in the early stages of development, but it could roll out as soon as next year. KWWL found out why some are concerned it may make it easier to use fake IDs.

Bar management at The Other Place on College Hill in Cedar Falls makes sure employees thoroughly check IDs.

“We’re looking at the picture first and foremost, to make sure it looks like the person, the second thing is the birth date obviously, filltrustid expiration date is also very important,” says General manager Jonathan Krogman.

These measures are used to prevent minors from using fake licenses.

“We check the stats, height, weight, and ask them a question about the address.”

If the new program is implemented, Krogman hopes it’ll make things easier for his staff.

“Once the photo has expired, if it would be able to pop up on the app and say ‘expired’ and there was no way for someone to change that, that would help.”

Police are worried people are going to take advantage of the program.

“I think that there’s definitely a chance for it to be an easier way for people to make fake IDs, there are definitely going to be people that are going to try doing that,” says Cedar Falls Lt. fake id Kelli Yates.

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