New York has officially launched a new mobile ID option that will allow users to put their identification on their phones.

The days of having to reach into your wallet to show your identification may soon be gone as the New York State Department of Motor Vehicle has launched the New York Mobile ID app according to WRGB. The new app is a highly secure digital version of a NY state-issued driver's license, learner permit, or ID on a smartphone that's been designed for convenience and security available to IOS and Android users.

New York Mobile ID
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New York Mobile ID

The new Mobile ID app can be used by anyone who has a valid, state-issued driver's license, learner permit, or non-driver ID and can be downloaded through Google Play or the App Store (full download instructions below). New York Governor Kathy Hochul made the Mobile ID announcement on Tuesday saying,

"We’re thrilled to give New Yorkers access to this cutting-edge technology which provides convenience and added security for Mobile ID users and those who accept it. Not only will New Yorkers be able to quickly display their IDs, but they will have control over the personal information they share."


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DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder said,

"Everything is on your cell phone these days. This is an exciting way to provide identification without having to dig through your wallet or purse to find your physical document."


Where Will Mobile ID be Accepted?

The New York Mobile ID will be accepted at TSA security checkpoints at all New York airports as well as dozens of other participating airports across the country. Users will also be able to your mobile ID at bars and restaurants.

New York Mobile ID

How to Install the New York Mobile ID

Download the New York MiD app from the App Store or through Google Play.
Register the phone number of the device the Mobile ID will be on.
Take a picture of the front and back of your physical ID (driver's license, non-driver ID, or Learner Permit), using your phone’s camera.
Take a selfie. The app checks your photo and ID against information on file with the DMV to ensure you are who you say you are.

Once the app verifies you are who you say you are your Mobile ID will be active and ready to use wherever it is accepted.

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