A small Birmingham, Alabama tech startup has launched a mobile ID app designed to integrate a state-issued driver license or student ID onto a smartphone.
The app is called Credentia, and according to an Alabama.com report, it’s a solution four years in the making. At present, the app is designed a to hold a driver license, student ID and insurance card.
Credentia is available for free download in the App Store, and there are plans afoot to release an Android version in the Google Play store by the end of the summer.
Credentia co-founder CJ Adams claims to have been been using the Credentia virtual ID everywhere and hasn’t had a problem with it yet. To expand the possible use cases, the company is working with alcohol regulators on a state-by-state basis to establish the virtual ID as an accepted form of proof of age.
The app features a three-step verification process that leverages a third-party provider. User IDs can only be stored on one device, and they’re not stored on the cloud or anywhere else. To access the IDs, the user has to either enter a five-digit passcode or apply a thumbprint via Touch ID.
The mobile credential certainly has a place on campus in the future, and there a number of campus card vendors and other third-parties that are leading the charge. While Credentia has no university partners to speak of yet, this latest app could be yet another step in a positive direction for mobile credentials.