Florida could enter era of digital driver’s license with a potential new bill

Florida could become one of the first states to allow electronic versions of driver’s licenses stored on cellphones as proof of identification.

Republican state Rep. James Grant and Democrat Rep. Matt Willhite are both working on a bill that would create a statewide database to store driver’s licenses and insurance information. Willhite represents residents from Wellington to West Palm Beach.

“I think it’s a great idea. Just because I don’t have a physical ID on myself doesn’t mean that I don’t have one,” said Austin Hubbard.

The bill would also allow drivers to present their phones in lieu of physical proof in situations like voting or traffic stops, although carrying a driver’s license would still be mandated under law. This proposal would act as a backup scenario in case drivers lose or forget their identification at home.