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Assembly Panel Advances Kean’s E-Driver’s License Bill

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The Assembly Transportation Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean to require the state Motor Vehicle Commission to study and make recommendations within one year about implementing electronic driver’s licenses and mobile applications.

Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation is a step toward making electronic driver’s licenses available in New Jersey. (©iStock.com)

Senator Kean said that the ideal e-driver’s license program in New Jersey, resulting from S-2695, would allow people to still use traditional plastic licenses if they want. He added that it would make one of the most-used government services more efficient and less costly.

“Whenever possible, people should be able to access and use government services and information in a convenient and efficient manner, whether that’s via social media or mobile apps,” Kean said. “People are literally attached to their phones and devices, with many of us opting for mobile forms of payment, banking, credit and flight boarding passes, for example. New Jersey should be at the forefront of new technology and innovation in the safest way possible. “We still have an opportunity to be ahead of the curve and learn from Iowa, which has implemented an e-driver’s license pilot test, and Delaware, which has been pursuing the implementation of e-driver’s licenses.”

S-2695 heads to the full Assembly for approval.

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