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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Forgot your driver's license? There may soon be an app for that.

A new program from the Iowa Department of Transportation could mean digital driver's licenses for Iowans.

The app is still in the early stages of development, but it could roll out as soon as next year.

KWWL found out why some are concerned it may make it easier to use fake IDs.

Bar management at The Other Place on College Hill in Cedar Falls makes sure employees thoroughly check IDs.

"We're looking at the picture first and foremost, to make sure it looks like the person, the second thing is the birth date obviously, expiration date is also very important," says General manager Jonathan Krogman.

These measures are used to prevent minors from using fake licenses.

"We check the stats, height, weight, and ask them a question about the address."

If the new program is implemented, Krogman hopes it'll make things easier for his staff.  

"Once the photo has expired, if it would be able to pop up on the app and say 'expired' and there was no way for someone to change that, that would help."

Police are worried people are going to take advantage of the program.

"I think that there's definitely a chance for it to be an easier way for people to make fake IDs, there are definitely going to be people that are going to try doing that," says Cedar Falls Lt. Kelli Yates.

And of course, there's the liability issue.

"Taking their phone and taking it back to the car isn't something I would want to do," Yates says.

Handling someone else's phone is just not something Officer Yates says she wants to be responsible for, and Krogman agrees.  

He knows digital IDs will present new challenges.

"Kids are always going to try to find their way around something. Whether this goes through or not, kids will find their way around it."

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