The Colorado Department of Revenue recently announced that the state's DMV will participate in a two-year pilot program to provide Colorado drivers with a digital version of their driver's license. The project is titled the Interoperable, Trusted Ecosystem for Digital Driver Licenses and ID Cards on Mobile Devices for U.S. Jurisdictions. Other jurisdictions that will participate in the pilot program are Iowa, Idaho, Maryland, and Washington DC. A digital security company - Gemalto Inc. - has been awarded $2 million to develop a digital driver's license through a mobile application. There is no start date yet for the program.
These digital driver licenses will resemble the printed version and include the same information, such as the address, date of birth, a photo and a scannable barcode so machines can read the other information about a licensed driver. The project won't immediately do away with physical driver licenses in Colorado, but this pilot program is being conducted to see if that is an option. The digital age is certainly changing how we live and now it appears it will affect proof of identity too. Before long, perhaps all you will need is your phone.