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New York launches Mobile ID app, offering a digital alternative to physical IDs

Showing your New York State ID is now as simple as swiping a finger.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that the New York State DMV has launched the New York Mobile ID, a highly secure digital version of a state-issued driver’s license, learner permit or ID on a smartphone.

The Mobile ID is a voluntary product designed for convenience and security available to IOS and Android users who can download the secure Mobile ID app through Google Play or the App Store.

“Everything is on your cell phone these days, now, your ID can be too. This is an exciting way to provide identification without having to dig through your wallet or purse to find your physical document,” said DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder. “Rather than handing over your physical ID with lots of personal information, the Mobile ID gives you greater control over what personal data you share.”

The New York Mobile ID (MiD) will be accepted at TSA security checkpoints at nearly 30 participating airports across the country including all terminals at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports, allowing New Yorkers to verify their identity easily and securely. However, the Syracuse Hancock International Airport is not participating.

How to Get a New York Mobile ID:

  1. Download the New York MiD app from the App Store or through Google Play.
  2. Register the phone number of the device the Mobile ID will be on. An individual’s Mobile ID can only be on one device at a time to help protect their identity.
  3. Take a picture of the front and back of their physical ID (driver license, non-driver ID, or Learner Permit), using their phone’s camera.
  4. Pose for 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.
  5. Once your information is verified, your MiD is active and ready to use wherever it is accepted.

For more information, visit the DMV website.

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