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ISO/IEC 18013-5 Personal Identification - ISO-Compliant Driving Licence – Part 5

A mobile driving licence (mDL) that is secure, accurate, interoperable, and that protects privacy is coming and will change the identity landscape in the near future. Scytáles products are all fully ISO-compliant and follow the best security and implementation standards.

Scytáles AB is representing SWEDEN as an expert through the Standardization Body (SIS) SIS/TK 448 and Task Force 14 on mDL within ISO/IEC JTC1/SC17/WG10.

The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 18013-5 will specify the technical and interoperability requirements for Mobile Driving Licences (mDL). The ISO 18013–5 standard is in Committee Draft phase and is expected to be published in 2020. The current standard supports data exchange for attended online and offline use cases. 

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What is the ISO/IEC 18013-5?

The ISO/IEC 18013-5 standard defines an mDL as a driving licence which resides on a mobile device or requires a mobile device as part of the process to gain access to the driver licence. This Global standard is being developed by the members of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC17/WG10), ultimately serving billions of mDL holders and the mDL relying party community.


ISO/IEC 18013 consists of the following parts, under the general title Personal identification -ISO-compliant driving licence:

  • Part 1: Physical characteristics and basic data set. Part 1 describes the basic terms for this document including physical characteristics, basic data element set, visual layout, and physical security features;

  • Part 2: Machine-readable technologies. Part 2 describes the technologies that may be used for this document, including the logical data structure and data mapping for each technology;

  • Part 3: Access control, authentication and integrity validation. Part 3 describes the electronic security features that may be incorporated under this document, including mechanisms for controlling access to data, verifying the origin of an IDL, and confirming data integrity;

  • Part 4: Test methods. Part 4 describes the test methods that can be used to determine if an IDL conforms to the requirements for machine-readable technologies specified in Part 2 and to the electronic security features specified in Part 3.

  • Part 5: Mobile Driving Licence (mDL) application. Part 5 describes interface specifications for the implementation of a driving licence in association with a mobile device.

What is Scytáles’ role in the ISO 18013-part 5 working group?

Scytáles is a strong driving force in the ISO working group for the mDL and we are fully compliant with this standard as per today.

We are representing Sweden (SIS) as an expert through the Standardization Body and Task Force 14 on mDL within ISO/IEC JTC1/SC17/WG10.

Why the importance of being interoperable in a mobile identity solution?

With all the different use case scenarios, an mDL and an mDL validator will not only run on different operating systems but also be designed and developed by different vendors.

This is why interoperability, enforced by the ISO 18013-5, is one of the key factors in opting for and achieving a functioning mDL ecosystem so that, for example, a Malaysian citizen with a driving privilege can be validated online by a rental officer in the same way upon renting a car in Sweden, Finland or any other place in the world.

Scytáles ISO mDL/mID and validation products ensure full interoperability and are passing the various ISO 18013-5 tests.

Is it possible to have a mobile identity ecosystem where there is compatibility between iPhone and Android?

Not only is it possible, but Scytáles is also a true pioneer in the implementation of this solution within the ISO 18013-5. Our ISO Mobile Driving License (mDL) and Mobile ID (mID) are not only fully compliant with the standard but also supports online, offline, NFC, QR, Bluetooth, Wifi Aware and Barcode readers on both iPhone and Android. As forerunners, we also support all the above combinations, i.e. iPhone to Android and vice versa and on all different interfaces.