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Mobile license pilot study to allow police to ‘ping’ cellphone for a license

Delaware could be among the first states to use mobile driver’s licenses.

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles has launched a mobile driver’s license pilot study that will run for six months, according to a release from the Delaware Department of Transportation.

The six-month pilot study will include about 200 state employees and stakeholders.

“Delaware is among the first states to test a mobile driver’s license, and we’re excited to help move this new technology forward,” said Gov. John Carney said in the release.

Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan believes the pilot will help the state how mobile driver’s licenses work in real-world scenarios.

“[They will] address any issues that arise as a result before we decide to fully adopt and implement this application for our more than 800,000 licensed drivers and ID card holders,” she said in the release.

The pilot is being run by both the Delaware DMV and IDEMIA, the company that produces the state’s physical driver’s licenses and identification cards, according to the release.

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