Americans’ interactions with government often begin by proving their identity. Registering to vote, passing through an airport’s TSA checkpoint, applying for SNAP benefits, getting a marriage license, interacting with the DMV, and any of dozens of other common activities require that the person prove that they are who they claim to be. This is a long-standing fraud-prevention practice, as accepted as it is common.
This report and fact sheet detail the U.S. federal government’s digital identity resource, Login.gov, and its applicability to state and local governments, as well as the private sector. With identity verification as one of the first issues any government service must address, this shared federal service is a potential resource for the thousands of state and local governments in the U.S.