INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a proposal that would allow Hoosiers to access their driver’s license on a mobile phone.

State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary) offered Senate Bill (SB) 182 to provide a convenient way for Hoosiers to present their IDs in cases such as losing a wallet or accidentally leaving it at home.

“Mobile drivers’ licenses are not only more convenient for Hoosiers; but as we move into a forever growing digital age, we must utilize all the tools that are available to us,” Sen. Melton said. “We have also taken into consideration all of the important safety measures needed for this kind of technology.”

Indiana would join the 14 other states in the United States that allow citizens to store a copy of their drivers’ licenses on their phones.

“We don’t want to replace the physical driver’s license, but instead, have the mobile version supplement the hard copy version,” Sen. Melton said.

SB 182 now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.