LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A state lawmaker has proposed legislation that would pave the way for Californians to get digital driver’s licenses.
Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Downtown Los Angeles) introduced a bill back in February, that if approved, would allow Californians to use digital driver’s licenses and digital identification cards.
Madison Koehn, a receptionist at Catalyst Cannabis, scans the back of a drivers license to verify the age of the customer in Santa Ana, Calif., on April 5, 2021. (Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Register/Getty Images)
Under Assembly Bill 1503, everyone would receive both a physical ID, and, if they so choose, a digital ID. People would opt into the digital identification program using an app.
Santiago’s bill would create a pilot project that gives the DMV until January of 2028 to put together a working program.
“When you really take a look at it, you do everything on your cell phone, and you can do stock transactions, you have credit card information, I have my insurance paperwork on my cell phone, I have everything, except the one thing that I need the most, which is my driver’s license and my ID,” Santiago told CBSLA.
On Monday the bill unanimously passed through the Assembly Transportation Committee. It now goes to the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.