BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MorphoTrust USA has partnered with the Alabama Department of Revenue to launch a new pilot program using MorphoTrust’s electronic ID (eID) to enhance security for residents filing state tax refunds during the 2016 filing season. Taxpayers who use the MorphoTrust® eID to complete the filing process will receive priority processing and expedited issuance of their state tax refund.
The MorphoTrust eID is a digital identity credential, in the form of a mobile app, which allows a user to prove their identity online. The app is easily downloaded from Apple’s App store and the eID credential is issued after a short registration process. After downloading the app, users’ identities are verified by scanning their physical driver’s license or state-issued ID and taking a selfie using their smartphone. This information is then compared against the data and photo on record in the driver’s license database to certify and authenticate that only the rightful identity holder is able to obtain an eID.
“The MorphoTrust eID is the only electronic ID, commercially available, that verifies a person’s identity by connecting it back to their photograph and identity record with their state’s motor vehicle agency,” said Bob Eckel, President and CEO, MorphoTrust USA. “Now more than ever, there is a critical need to create a highly secure online environment using our innovative technology to ensure residents using the MorphoTrust eID can protect their identity and reduce their chance of being a victim of state tax refund theft.”
“By implementing state-of-the-art technologies, like the MorphoTrust eID, the state of Alabama continues to demonstrate that it is doing everything possible to protect our taxpayers from anyone looking to steal their information and use it to file fraudulent state tax returns,” said Alabama Revenue Commissioner Julie P. Magee, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Revenue. “There are no usernames or passwords; only a person's photo can unlock the eID, making it secure and easy-to-use.’’
MorphoTrust has emerged as the leader in digital identity by receiving an unprecedented two National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace grants. The addition of Alabama to the eID tax refund program continues to solidify the Company’s mission to simplify, protect and secure the lives of the American people.
For more information on the MorphoTrust eID, go to http://www.alabamaeid.com.
Safran Identity & Security is a global leader in identity and security solutions, deploying systems in more than 100 countries. Backed by more than 40 years of experience in biometrics, the company develops innovative technologies for the public and private sectors, including identity management, secure transactions and public security solutions.
MorphoTrust USA (SAFRAN) is The Identity Company™, providing market-leading solutions and services to commercial businesses and government agencies that enable trusted transactions – in person or online – whenever identity matters. This includes enrollment, with the secure capture and transmission of biometric and biographic data; verifying identity through biometric identification, document authentication and validation of data against trusted sources; and issuing secure credentials or permissions to access a range of benefits and services. MorphoTrust solutions produce the majority of U.S. driver’s licenses and IDs – the most trusted document for establishing identity. Other government programs include U.S. passports and passport cards, as well as solutions for border management, public safety, banking and travel. MorphoTrust serves consumers through a nationwide network of 1,100 IdentoGO® Centers, delivering fingerprinting and other identity-related services to over 6.5 million customers annually.
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