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  • “Decentralised Identity: What’s at Stake?” From: INATBA Type: Post Date: 2021-11
  • Looking at the above comparison, It is clear that both approaches strive to maintain user control of their personal data, selective disclosure/data minimization, and cryptographic methods to prove the integrity of identity claims. The differences are: first in their reliance (mDL) or independence (SSI) from issuer involvement in verification interactions, and second in their cryptographic approach, where the mDL relies on externally provided cryptographic tools while SSI builds on holder controlled private keys

  • An Identity Wallet Bill of Rights - Starting With the Mobile Driver License From: SpruceID Type: Post Date: 2022-09-12
  • Spruce’s continued mission is to let users control their data across the web, whether it’s web2, web3, or beyond. This also applies to credentials issued by existing entities, such as the Mobile Driver License (mDL) issued by motor vehicle authorities across the world.


  • ​​Mobile Driver’s Licence (mDL) VS. Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) From: INATBA Type: Post Date: 2020-11
  • The ISO mDL specification (ISO-compliant Driving License or IDL)  is purpose driven, as its name implies, but is said to be specifically intended to:
    * enable verifiers not affiliated with or associated with the issuing authority to gain access to and authenticate the information
    * allow the holder of the driving license to decide what information to release to a verifier
    * include the ability to update information frequently, and to authenticate information at a high level of confidence.

  • Verifiable Driver's Licenses and ISO-18013-5 (mDL) From: CCG Mailing List By: Manu Sporny Related: Spruce, MATTR, Digital Bazaar, Type: Discussion Date: 2021-11-29
  • As some of you might be aware, ISO-18013-5 (mDL – Mobile Driver’s License) was published as a global ISO standard in September 2021. A number of us in the W3C CCG and W3C VCWG attempted to ensure that W3C Verifiable Credentials were supported by the mDL work, but that effort is not reflected in the finalized ISO mDL standard (and due to the way ISO operates, we are not at liberty to share any details). There have been increasing concerns related to the divergence of mDL with W3C Verifiable Credentials and to the market dynamics at play around mDL.

  • ISO/IEC 18013-5 vs Self-Sovereign Identity: A proposal for an mDL Verifiable Credential From: Procivis Type: Post Date: 2022-03-30
  • in the context of government identity programs we see it as useful to compare them on the following parameters – background, credential data model & trust anchor and transmission protocols.

  • Mobile Driver's License (mDL) Implementation Guidelines 1.2 From: AAMVA Type: Report Date: 2023-01
  • The AAMVA Joint Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) Working Group (WG) has been active around mobile identification since 2012. As the mDL evolves, the mDL WG continues to identify and address topics on which guidance to Issuing Authorities can be helpful. This document represents the bulk of the current guidance, and points to additional resources as needed

  • Mobile Driver's License Model Legislation From: AAMVA Type: Report Date: 2023-01
  • The Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) Model Legislation has been developed to facilitate the uniformity of proposed legislative changes related to implementation of mDL in various jurisdictions. The model legislation is meant to demonstrate how the requirements in the ISO standards and AAMVA Mobile Driver’s License Implementation Guidelines could be represented in jurisdiction-specific legislation. Thus, the language contained in the model legislation is designed to offer examples and is not expected to be proposed to legislatures without consideration for controlling legal provisions in your jurisdiction


  • Working Group for Privacy Enhancing Mobile Credentials From: Kantara Initiative Type: Post Date: 2021-11-15
  • Clearly the use of a driver’s license goes well beyond proving eligibility to drive a vehicle. It has become the de-facto standard for proving that you are who you say you are – and are entitled to the product or service requested. An increasing number of states are adopting mobile ID systems to recognise and verify mobile credentials including driver’s licenses (mDL).

  • Kantara Releases Report on Identity and Privacy Protection For mobile Driver’s Licenses From: Kantara Initiative Type: Post Date: 2021-08-27
  • The report outlines how to implement mDL systems as Privacy Enhancing Technologies. It provides guidance on protecting people’s individual privacy and the digital identifiers of an individual who carries or uses an mDL.

  • Kantara lays out trust-building recommendations for mDLs From: Biometric Update Type: Post Date: 2021-08-27
  • A global digital ID association has published steps vendors and others need to take in order to build effective mobile driving license services that also put ID holders in control of their identity. The Kantara Initiative’s report starts from the premise that trust in mobile driving licenses grows with the degree of control that license holders have over the documents, their privacy and their biometric identifiers.

  • Verifiable Driver's License Interoperability Report 1.0 From: CCG Type: Report Date: 2023-01-08
  • The purpose of this test suite is to demonstrate a path to interoperability between the ISO-18013-5 Mobile Driver’s License data model and the W3C Verifiable Credentials ecosystem. The technologies explored in this test suite are experimental and meant to be complementary to ISO-18013-5 (mDL) and not a replacement of the standard. This document contains the most recent interoperability report between issuers and verifiers for Verifiable Driver’s License Credentials using the Verifiable Driver’s License Vocabulary. This report is generated on a weekly basis.