Coloradoans can add their drivers license of state ID in Apple Wallet

Coloradans can now add their driver’s license or state identification card to Colorado ID in Apple Wallet and use the app at select Transportation Security Administration PreCheck security checkpoints at Denver International Airport.

The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday announced the launch of the app as a secure digital version of a state-issued driver’s license or ID card.

“Colorado is at the forefront of digital innovation to better serve customers,” said Executive Director Mark Ferrandino, Colorado Department of Revenue, in a news release. “We are committed to saving people time, enhancing convenience and security, and expanding accessibility for all Coloradans.”

Although convenient, ID in Apple Wallet is not a replacement for a physical Colorado Driver’s License, or ID, which people must continue to carry, the release said.

“Colorado is always looking for services that provide our residents security, privacy and ease of use,” said Electra Bustle, senior director of DMV. “As we partner with the Transportation Security Administration to offer Colorado ID in Wallet to traveling Coloradans, we are thrilled to offer this new service to make their travel experience more seamless and convenient.”

All information is shared digitally, so users do not need to hand over their device — iPhone or Apple Watch — to present their ID. When using a Colorado ID in Apple Wallet, neither Apple nor the Colorado DMV have access to when or where a Colorado ID in Apple Wallet is presented. If an iPhone or Apple Watch is lost or stolen, residents can use the “Find My” app to easily lock their device and help locate it, or remotely erase their device.

In an email, communications director Meghan Tanis said this is only available for Apple users, but “we are actively working with other mobile wallets and look forward to making it available in the near future.

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