MorphoTrust USA Launches first US eID in Alabama
12 April 2017 16:08 GMT

Identity solutions firm MorphoTrust USA has partnered with the Alabama Department of Revenue to launch a new pilot program using  electronic ID (eID) to enhance security for residents filing state tax refunds during the 2016 filing season.

The MorphoTrust eID is a digital identity credential, in the form of a mobile app, which allows a user to prove their identity online. The app is easily downloaded from Apple’s App store and the eID credential is issued after a short registration process.

After downloading the app, users’ identities are verified by scanning their physical driver’s license or state-issued ID and taking a selfie using their smartphone. This information is then compared against the data and photo on record in the driver’s license database to certify and authenticate that only the rightful identity holder is able to obtain an eID.

“The MorphoTrust eID is the only electronic ID, commercially available, that verifies a person’s identity by connecting it back to their photograph and identity record with their state’s motor vehicle agency,” said Bob Eckel, President and CEO, MorphoTrust USA. “Now more than ever, there is a critical need to create a highly secure online environment using our innovative technology to ensure residents using the MorphoTrust eID can protect their identity and reduce their chance of being a victim of state tax refund theft.”

“By implementing state-of-the-art technologies, like the MorphoTrust eID, the state of Alabama continues to demonstrate that it is doing everything possible to protect our taxpayers from anyone looking to steal their information and use it to file fraudulent state tax returns,” said Alabama Revenue Commissioner Julie P. Magee, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Revenue. “There are no usernames or passwords; only a person's photo can unlock the eID, making it secure and easy-to-use.’’