Digimarc ID Systems has been selected to assist in converting Nebraska's film-based license system to digital
The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles has awarded a five-year contract
for the development of a digital driver's license system.
Digimarc ID Systems LLC, a subsidiary of Digimarc Corp., announced June
17 that it was selected to assist in converting Nebraska's film-based license
system to digital technology as part of a system and security upgrade approved
by the 2001 legislature.
Under the contract, Digimarc will provide the state with specialized
software, computer systems for driver examinations and digital imaging workstations
for issuing licenses to Nebraskans.
A centralized system will be provided to store license information and
interface with the state's network of computer systems.
This new system will enable the DMV to capture and store digital photos
and signatures, essentially providing higher levels of security, said Beverly
Neth, director for the Nebraska DMV. Although the cost of these new licenses
may be a bit higher than before, she said, "It is justified because these
new documents are much more secure."
The Nebraska DMV pays a per-document cost for their license cards. The
old film-based document cost was $1.05 per card while the new digital licenses
and ID cards will cost the DMV $4.30 each. The consumer, who paid $18.75
for a five-year film-based license, will pay another $5 for the new digital
Although July 1, 2004, is the date set for launching the new licensing
program, the Nebraska DMV officials hope to implement this new technology
in the summer or early fall of 2003, Neth said.