A driver’s license on your phone? It’s inevitable, North Dakota officials say

A smartphone app could someday take the place of the plastic driver’s license card most adults carry in their wallets and purses. But how soon that happens may depend on where they live.

A bill under consideration in the North Dakota Legislature would establish electronic or digital driver’s licenses in the state, at a projected cost of $3.5 million.

It received a “do not pass” recommendation from the House Transportation Committee, and co-sponsor Sen. Scott Meyer, R-Grand Forks, isn’t optimistic about its chances.

At least seven states, however, have already started establishing digital driver’s licenses, and a North Dakota Department of Transportation official predicts the same will eventually happen here.