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AB-1503 Digital driver’s licenses and identification cards.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Article 6 (commencing with Section 13020) is added to Chapter 1 of Division 6 of the Vehicle Code, to read:

Article  6. Digital Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards
13020.
 (a) The department may establish a pilot program to evaluate the use of mobile or digital alternatives to driver’s licenses and identification cards, subject to all of the following requirements:
(1) The alternative licenses shall be approved by the Department of the California Highway Patrol.
(2) The pilot program shall be limited to no more than 0.5 percent of licensed drivers for the purpose of the evaluation.
(3) The alternative products to be evaluated shall be provided at no cost to the state.
(4) Any pilot program established by the department pursuant to this subdivision shall be completed no later than January 1, 2028.
(5) Any pilot program established by the department pursuant to this subdivision shall be limited to persons who have voluntarily chosen to participate in the pilot program.
(b) In the conduct of any pilot program pursuant to this section, any data exchanged between the department and any electronic device or the provider of any electronic device shall be limited to those data necessary to display the information necessary for a driver’s license or identification card.
(c) In the conduct of any pilot program pursuant to this section, the department may evaluate the inclusion of participants in the Business Partner Automation Program, pursuant to Section 1685.
(d) The pilot program may include the issuance of mobile or digital Real ID driver’s license or identification cards upon authorization of the United States Secretary of Homeland Security.
(e) If the department conducts a pilot program authorized in subdivision (a), the department shall, no later than July 1, 2026, submit a report regarding the pilot program to the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, to include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) An evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of the alternatives used in the pilot program when compared to the department’s current use of identification cards and driver’s licenses.
(2) A review of all products evaluated in the pilot program and of the features of those products. The report shall note if the devices evaluated in the pilot program are available with the ability to transmit and retain information relating to the movement, location, and if a product contains that feature, the report shall also note if the product includes any security features to protect against unauthorized access to information.
(3) Recommendations for subsequent actions, if any, that should be taken with regard to alternatives evaluated in the pilot program.