Colorado launches digital ID in state's mobile app

Residents can use electronic version of driver's license or state ID as legal form of personal identification

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Coloradans can now create an electronic version of their driver's license or state identification card that can be displayed on smartphones for proof of identification, age and address in Colorado.

The launch of the Colorado Digital ID in the myColorado mobile app, the state's official mobile app, was announced Oct. 30 by Gov. Jared Polis, according to a news release. Colorado Digital ID is a secure, unique visual representation of what has traditionally been the legally accepted official physical format of a person's identification.

“As technology evolves, I'm excited to make sure that government keeps up with the times. We are rapidly moving to support the use of mobile digital identity solutions that allow any of us to verify our identity and conduct business without the need to carry a plastic identification card,” Polis said in the release. “Colorado continues to be a national leader when it comes to technology.”

Polis also signed an executive order stating that Colorado Digital ID shall be authorized, and may be accepted, as a legal form of personal identification for use in Colorado, the release said. The Colorado business community is highly encouraged to begin accepting the Digital ID, and state agencies are advised to accept it beginning Dec. 1.

Colorado law enforcement agencies may continue to require physical forms of identification by members of the public in all law enforcement and public safety situations, so Coloradans should continue to take their physical ID wherever they go.

myColorado is a collaborative project between the governor's office, the Office of Information Technology, the Department of Revenue, the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Colorado Department of Public Safety. The Colorado Digital ID will evolve over time as national standards are identified and adopted to allow for interstate usage and to make it compliant with federal REAL ID requirements.

“The myColorado app is just the beginning of our journey to increase virtual access to government services,” State Chief Information Officer and OIT Executive Director Theresa Szczurek said in the release. “Stay tuned as the State of Colorado continues to expand the myColorado app by adding features and services that Coloradans want the most.”

With the myColorado mobile app, Coloradans can also renew their driver's licenses, receive notifications about important state news, securely store personal and payment information, and search for online state services in one place. Storage of vehicle registration and insurance cards in the myColorado Wallet is coming soon, the release said.

“We are continually working to bring topflight technology to the people of Colorado. These digital services will modernize the way people interact with state government,” Department of Revenue Executive Director Lu Córdova said in the release.

Coloradans may download the app to their smartphones via the Apple App Store or Google Play. Visit myColorado.state.co.us to learn more about myColorado and the Colorado Digital ID.

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