On June 11th, 2024, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles along with New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, made an announcement launching the New York State Mobile ID.

According to the Governor's Office, this new Mobile ID (MiD for short) is a highly secure digital version of a state-issued driver's license, learner permit, or ID that New Yorkers can present on a smartphone.

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It is available for free to IOS and Android users. New Yorkers with valid, state-issued driver's licenses, learner permits, or non-driver ID can download the secure Mobile ID app through Google Play or the App Store.

The Governor's Office notes that the Mobile ID will be accepted at TSA security checkpoints at nearly 30 participating airports across the country, allowing New York residents to verify their identity easily and securely for airport security screening.

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. - New York State Governor Kathy Hochul

How can you get the New York State Mobile ID? Follow the steps below from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

  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's 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 Mobpe ID is active and ready to use wherever it is accepted.

When using the Mobile ID at a TSA checkpoint, scan your smartphone at the identity reader. The smartphone will display what information is being requested by the TSA, and only after authorizing the request, will the information be transmitted to the TSA.

For a video tutorial, watch below. For more information, visit the New York State MiD website.

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