Digital Driver's License

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Overview

As digital security increases the opportunity to use our personal, financial, and biometric information via our mobile and wearable devices increases. We are rapidly replacing our physical credit cards, event tickets, boarding passes, and medical records with their respective digital twins. However, digital twins for personal identification such as a driver license or passport are just emerging and not yet widely available or accepted.

The Opportunity

What can be improved digitally?

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Readability
Stronger hierarchy 
of information.
Lock
Security
Blue light authentication
on screen.
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Efficiency
All your cards in
one device.
Existing Patterns

Considering physical attributes

Licence

Blue light authentication

When a blue light flashlight is shined at a driver's license, it showcases a unique pattern to establish additional security and ensure that it is a valid license.

State-Seals

Every state has a seal

Each state has a seal design utilized in the blue light authentication view. It adds greater personalization and verification to license.

Information Architecture

Organizing information

Physiognomy

- Photo
- Age
- Sex
- Height
- Eye Color

Dates

- Birthday
- Expiration
- Issued

Conditions

- Restrictions (REST)
- Endorsements (ENDS)

License

- State
- ID Number
- Class #
- QR code

Perfecting Interface

Key Iterations from
User Feedback

Iteration1

Focal Point
Since the locked section is taller than the driver license header, it creates a strong and unintentional focal point. This distracts from the experience. Additionally, the lock is unnecessary since Face ID or Touch ID is required to access the license.

Variable Data
The eyebrow text ("Class C, end M, Rest B") feels awkward. If the user only has a class number, it would be short and disproportional to their name.

User Experience
After an officer or bartender views the digital license's top section, they do not need to see it again. Consequently, the sticky content is unnecessary and distracts from viewing more information.

Iteration2

Hierarchy
After research and user feedback, I discovered that the license number is a crucial element. However, the current state feels visually compact (left-most) and lacks prominence.

Priority
Since the validation of age is the top section of the digital license serves to identify and validate age, the descriptors are more important than the license number upfront.

Iteration3

Hierarchy
When looking at a physical license, the state s treated as more important than the driver's license label. As a result, the top bar's order should flip to provide a greater focus on the license state.

Contrast
Since the last name is more important, it may be beneficial to distinguish the last name by making the first and middle name in a regular weight font.

Spacing
The space between the name and physiognomy descriptors should be the same size as the space above the license ID number.

Visual Style

Applying a secure, advanced and hightech style

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Key Features

A layer of security

When a user taps on any part of the image, the background will illuminate. The glow is a blend of the U.S. and state seal for high security.

Intuitive interactions

The gray box indicates that it is clickable to reveal an enlarged version of the license barcode.

Everything fits into place

After many iterations, the solution is seamless. All the information is thoughtfully organized to provide clarity.

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bennymendelsohn@me.com

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