Colorado driver’s licenses could be on your smartphone

Gemalto, a digital security company, will be deploying their technology in Colorado, the two other states and the District of Columbia for this pilot.

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Highland's iconic Linger Mortuaries sign and speeding cars. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) linger; mortuaries; mortary; denver; colorado; denverite; highland; evening; kevinjbeaty
Highland’s iconic Linger Mortuaries sign and speeding cars. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Colorado will participate in a pilot program to develop a “smartphone-based credential that will serve as a secure digital version of the physical Colorado driver license,” the state Department of Motor Vehicles announced Tuesday.

In other words, your phone could soon hold your driver’s license. Charging it suddenly seems more important. 

The pilot also hopes to allow people to prove their identity to businesses and government entities.

When can people sign up for the pilot? How soon will we know if this is an option for the state?

“More information will become available as the details of the pilot program are coordinated,” the release states.

OK, fine. Here’s what else can be said about the upcoming pilot:

Gemalto, a digital security company, will be deploying their technology in Colorado, the two other states and the District of Columbia for this pilot.

The company won over $2 million from a U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology grant to fund a two-year program.

If we hear more about this program, we’ll update this post.