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18Iowa working on smartphone driver's licenses

The digital tar pit will eventually consume us all, but for now, we're still able to watch it swallow our analog lives. One of the next items to succumb could be your driver's license, at least as soon as Iowa straightens out the kinks. The Hawkeye State is working with MorphoTrust USA on an driver's license app for Android and iOS phones that can be used as a state-approved ID. Notably, the app wouldn't replace a laminated paper version, but either could be used to conduct business. Iowa is alr

141Iowa Driver's License App Brings Us Closer to Digital Wallet

Free app would display an image of an Iowa citizen's driver's license

A fully realized "digital wallet" is inching closer to reality with Iowa's planned driver's license app.

41China 'flooding' US with high-quality fake US driver's licenses [w/video]

Remember seeing your buddy's flimsy fake ID in college that said he was 35 and several inches shorter than he really was? Well, Chinese criminals have apparently come up with a potentially terrifying alternative by crafting nearly perfect false driver's licenses and shipping to the US by the hundreds. To the naked eye, they're indistinguishable from the real thing.

28In Japan, wearing the wrong shoes can end a driver's license test

It's so easy to make fun of the Department of Motor Vehicles in the United States. Whenever folks return from renewing a license or getting new plates, everybody has a joke making fun of the long lines, prolonged waits or bored employees. But it looks like we in the US have it easy compared to the Japanese. Journalist Jacob M. Schlesinger recently chronicled the bureaucratic hell involved for an American to get a driver's license there on The Wall Street Journal Japan Realtime blog.

210SC DMV orders gender-nonconforming teen to remove makeup for driver's license photo [w/video]

Like so many people around the country, 16-year-old Chase Culpepper of South Carolina is preparing for a fight with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Culpeper's case, though, is more troubling than the norm.

275Learning to drive stick shift makes people better drivers

Maybe, just maybe, it's safer and better for every road user if we all know how the gears that make the wheels go round ratchet up.

89FL officer who gave fellow cop 120-mph ticket now suing over police harassment [w/videos]

Way back in 2011, we told you about the story of Faustio Lopez and Donna Jane Watts, two Florida police officers who made national headlines over concerns of police abuse of power. According to reports, Lopez, a Miami Police officer, was late for an off-duty job. While in full uniform, he ran his marked police cruiser up to 120 miles per hour on a city freeway trying to make it to work. Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Watts was one of the cars he blew past.

225One In Eight Drivers In Minnesota Do Not Have Valid Licenses

Nearly 310,000 convictions for driving with an invalid driver's license

A fatal November car crash caused by a Minnesota woman who lacked a valid driver's license has spurred questions about how many unlicensed drivers are on state roads.

472DMV Recalls Man's Driver's License Based On Anonymous Tip

Man must prove he is not a danger on the road

A Nebraska man must prove he is not a danger on the road after an anonymous tipster reported him to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

28Sierra Leone drivers' test to include playing board game?

In an effort to curb accidents and road deaths - there are no working traffic lights and last year more than 380 fatalities occurred in 2,204 reported accidents - the West African country of Sierra Leone is adding a requirement to the process of earning a driver's license: drivers-to-be must play a board game before they take their driving test, Mirror reports.

41CA stops plans for RFID-enabled driver's licenses [w/poll]

California could have become the fifth state to issue enhanced driver's licenses (EDL) and identification cards embedded with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, but last Friday, state lawmakers suspended the legislation over privacy concerns. The RFID-equipped cards were to be optional, but ultimately it was a lack of measures to prevent law enforcement from tapping into the chips that killed the bill, WIRED reports.

81More than 50% of NY drivers fail basic road test

A new analysis of data from New York State has revealed that less than half of those who took a driving test in New York City last year passed the on-road exam. According to the New York Daily News, a total of 46 percent of the 181,196 individuals who took the basic road test in 2012 passed the assessment, down from 52 percent the year prior. Not surprisingly, the American Automobile Association and driving school owners point to the fact that schools have cut driver's education in an attempt to

48Driver's ed notes from 1969 say things have really changed

What do you remember from driver's training? In my case, I took private lessons from a geriatric instructor in Holland, Michigan, mostly because I had somehow missed the signup for the class offered by my high school. I spent two weeks going after school, watched some instructional videos, drove around in a car that had a brake pedal on the right side for the teacher (he didn't use the brake for me, but he did jerk the steering wheel out of my hand on a few occasions), and then took a take-home

16Florida bill would create program for special vanity driver's licenses

Specialty, or "vanity," license plates are nothing new, and pending the governor's signature a Florida bill is about to usher in the age of vanity driver's licenses. Among a deep wade through the arcana of 2012 state bill CS/CS/HB 1223 – Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, one finds the removal of prohibitions on honking your horns on the highway and flashing your high beams, and this: "The department may issue to any applicant qualified pursuant to s. 322.14, F.S., a specialty driver licen

37Tennessee DMV offices using iPads to speed transactions

Long lines, short tempers, small staffs and big demand make for a hellish experience at the DMV. The great, wide state of Tennessee is looking to technology for relief. Around the state, at 26 DMV offices, the state's Department of Homeland Security has deployed 76 Apple iPads for drivers renewing their licenses.

117Porsche driver busted for using toothpaste to alter license plate

A Chinese Porsche Boxster driver is in trouble for using toothpaste to avoid the law. The owner used the cavity-preventing goo to change the 1s on his license plates to 7s. This ended up attracting the attention of Qingdao police, who thought the 7s didn't look right.

60You think being a teen driver in the U.S. is costly? Try $18k/year in UK

If numbers compiled by the Institute of Advanced Motorists are accurate, you better start a successful Internet business as a teenager in the UK if you want to afford your first year of driving. In the guise of the "average" 17-year-old male driving a 2007 ("57-plate" in UK parlance) Kia Picanto economy car, the IAM discovered that a year behind the wheel would run a staggering £11,500 ($17,890 U.S.).

140Should governments be allowed to ban drop-outs from getting licensed? [w/poll]

Passing your high school courses and passing your driver's license test are two very different things. Though they're independent of each other now, lawmakers in some states are trying to tie the two together. Certain states are examining legislation that would bar high school drop-outs from getting a driver's license.

43Florida cancels online learner's permit test after finding over 50% can't pass test in real life [w/video]

No more online Learner's Permit option for Florida drivers – Click above to watch video after the jump

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