Colorado chosen for test of digital driver's licenses

9NEWS @ 4. 11/15/2016

KUSA - Colorado will soon become one of the first states in the nation to offer drivers a digital version of their driver's license.

The Colorado Department of Revenue announced Tuesday the state's DMV has been selected to participate in a two-year pilot program.

The digital driver's licenses would be displayed through a mobile app.

A similar program is being tested in Iowa.

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology is paying for pilot programs in Colorado, Idaho, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

The program in Colorado would not immediately do away with physical driver's licenses.

The primary benefit is convenience.

“Anytime you need to present your driver’s license or identification card, whether that be at the airport or to law enforcement, I think it would be pretty handy to have that digitally available so you don’t have to worry about maybe forgetting it at home or losing it, it’s always kind of right at your fingertips on your smartphone,” said Lynn Granger, Director of Communications for the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Details of the pilot program have yet to be worked out.  That includes when it starts, and who gets to participate.

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