DENVER — The way driver’s licenses are carried might soon be changing.
Colorado soon will become one of the first states in the nation to offer drivers a digital version of their license. It’s a two-year test program that will put the license on a mobile app and do away with the need to carry a hard version in a purse or back pocket.
If a driver gets pulled over by law enforcement or if a flyer is at the airport where ID is needed, it is pulled out on a smartphone.
The digital display would do away with the concern and worry about leaving information at home or losing it.
Colorado is joining a handful of other states in the pilot program that is being paid for by the U.S. Commerce Department. Idaho, Maryland and the District of Columbia are taking part.
Iowa already has the program up and running, and has been testing it for some time.
The digital licenses will be more secure than ever, requiring a PIN or fingerprint verification. It will also make it difficult to have a fake ID.
The digital license can be remotely deactivated or wiped almost instantly in case a phone is lost or stolen.
Some questions still need to be worked out, including when the program would start.