If one state legislator has his way, you might soon be able to show a picture of your driver’s license stored on your cell phone to an officer at a traffic stop. Senate Bill 323, sponsored by Hunter Hill has the backing of Governor Nathan Deal.
Walter Jones of the Morris News Service has the details.
The Deal administration is backing Georgia Senate Bill 323 in response to public requests. It’s meant to be especially helpful during the wait for the Department of Driver Services to send by mail the traditional wallet version of a license, according to Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, the sponsor of the bill.
“They are one of our best customer-service state agencies,” said Hill, who used to serve on the department’s board of directors. “They are constantly operating every day and getting feedback from their public.”
The bill appears to be tightly written to avoid the law of unintended consequences. Showing an officer a picture of your license doesn’t give him or her permission to search your phone. The picture version can’t be used as ID except by the cops, who will verify it by searching a private database not accessible to the public.