Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles has entered the implementation phase of a multi-year identity management plan that will enable the sharing of authentication data between state agencies.
ZDNet reports that the system— which hopes to improve service, reduce fraud and cut costs — hinges on the Commonwealth Authentication Service. The system provides identity attributes on an enterprise scale as well as supplies ID functionality to other state agencies enabling them to cut back on credential issuance and instead focus on other agency services.
The Commonwealth Authentication Service is expected to issue credentials compliant with NIST Level of Assurance one through three, as well as full interoperability with Level of Assurance Four. NIST Assurance helps to define how an identities are registered, how users authenticate and if the credentials themselves meet the requirements of the authenticating Web site.
Drawing from the one of the state’s largest databases of personal attributes — name, date of birth, social security number, gender, etc .— the Commonwealth Authentication Service will also support enterprise identity services, identity proofing, multifactor authentication and identity binding.
At present, citizens receiving services from the Virginia Department of Social Services can use the authentication system to self-enroll and create user accounts— a Level one credential. Meanwhile, the DMV is working to install identity vetting and binding utilities to both authenticate citizen IDs and determine what services are available to them— a Level two assurance. There are also plans afoot for multi-factor authentication and support for Level three credentials.