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Dave Burhop

Deputy Commissioner/CIO, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, USA


The mDL Revolution!

  • Coordinating the national and international efforts  of creating  a mobile driver’s license;
  • Proving the value of a digital DMV credential;
  • Explore the possible use cases and legal concerns;
  • Privacy and security are always a top priority.


Full synopsis
The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) has been involved in the activities associated with electronic credentials for the past eight years. Their work with ‘eID’ emphasizes the critical role the nation’s DMVs have in what has become known as the Identity Ecosystem One form of an eID that AAMVA has been exploring is the digital driver’s license, also known as a Mobile Driver’s License, or mDL, in DMV circles. When e-wallets burst on the scene, many people were asking when the most important credential in their physical wallet would appear in their e-wallet. Now that time is fast approaching, and will open the door to on-line authentication that has the potential eventually to retire the more conventional methods such as KBA and username/password for nearly every account.
As with any innovative technology, dealing with identity, privacy and security must be designed in from the start. Additionally, there are many legal aspects and relying party requirements that also must be considered for full implementation.

This next-generation credential will be built on a framework of trust – the nation’s DMVs – that has proven effective for over one-hundred years. Its potential will far surpass the physical credential of today. 


With over 30 years of IT experience Dave Burhop has served for the past 13 years as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Prior to his work at DMV, Dave was CIO of Virginia’s Behavioral Health Department for 15 years – overseeing the IT needs of 16 hospitals. During his tenure with the Commonwealth, Dave’s IT departments have received national recognition by winning various ‘Best-of-the-Web’ awards, Hewlett-Packard’s Innovative Technology Award and placing as a semi-finalist in Harvard University’s Innovation in Technology program for the Commonwealth’s statewide Patient/Resident Automated Information System.

Dave’s recent work in identity management has made Virginia DMV a leader in authentication and identity credentialing services, which has earned him a Top 25 Dreamers and Doers award from Governing Technology magazine. Dave serves on various Commonwealth technology councils and committees cutting across both public and private sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and currently chairs Virginia Commonwealth University’s IT Advisory Board of Directors and the AAMVA e-ID Workgroup.

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