RALEIGH -The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and MorphoTrust, have partnered to pilot a secure electronic ID initiative through a grant awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The grant will administer funding for two years as DMV, DHHS and MorphoTrust research the security and feasibility of establishing a secure electronic ID (eID). An eID is an individual's unique online identity used to log onto secure websites and portals. This innovation will allow customers to conduct online business in a safe manner, improve efficiency, quality of service and privacy, as well as reduce costs and fraud risks.
"We are very excited to partner with DHHS and MorphoTrust on this initiative," said DMV Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas. "Part of our mission is to not only deliver quality customer service through professional driver and motor vehicle services, but also protect accurate and secure information. We feel this grant, coupled with the research we conduct with our partners, will bring us one step closer to furthering our goals."
The secure eID program will focus on Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits, a federal food assistance program administered in North Carolina by DHHS and county departments of social services. The pilot study will evaluate opportunities for individuals enrolled in the FNS program to create an eID using their North Carolina driver license or North Carolina identification card to establish a protected identity for accessing services online or utilizing a smartphone (iPhone or Android).
"We are excited about this opportunity to potentially enhance the services provided to our State's FNS recipients and improve the efficiency of State government through inter-agency collaboration," said DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, M.D. "The use of a secure eID will not only benefit our State's citizens who depend on FNS benefits but also our taxpayers."
MorphoTrust is a Massachusetts-based provider of identity-related services to more than three million customers, including 42 states for the production of their driver licenses and ID's.