State Agencies & Colorado Businesses
On October 30, 2019, Governor Jared Polis issued an Executive Order stating that the Colorado Digital ID™ may be accepted as a legal form of personal identification for use in Colorado. Colorado merchants are encouraged to begin accepting the Digital ID, and beginning December 1, 2019, all executive branch agencies may accept the Digital ID as a method to prove a person's identity.
State law enforcement agencies are not required to accept the Colorado Digital ID at this time and may continue to require a physical driver license or state ID card. For this reason, Coloradans need to carry their physical ID.
Click here, or complete the form at the bottom of this page, to request that a window sticker be mailed to your company. Proudly display the sticker on your storefront or in the office to let Coloradans know your business accepts the Colorado Digital ID!
Verifying Identity & Age Using the Colorado Digital ID
There are several ways to validate a person’s identity with the Colorado Digital ID, as well as some built-in security features to confirm that it’s legitimate.
- Visual Digital ID inspection
- Ask the holder to rotate the phone to see if the free-floating flower hologram appears to move. If the image does not move, it is a static photo and not the hologram, indicating a counterfeit.
- Ask the holder to press on the ID so you can see if the text size changes.
- Ask the holder to close the app, restart it, log back in, and show their Colorado Digital ID within myColorado.
- Digital ID barcode scan (simply have the user swipe left to show the barcode)
- Photocopy or scan of Digital ID
In the future, it will be possible for license holders to securely send their credentials electronically through the app.
Merchants can scan the 2D barcode on a Colorado Digital ID just as they do for physical cards. The swipe-left functionality will display the “back” of the ID with the barcode.
myColorado users can hide information in within the Colorado Digital ID that is not relevant for a particular transaction. For example, if age verification is required to purchase alcohol, users can choose to hide their address - or even their birthdate - as a privacy measure. An indicator located on the Digital ID confirms whether or not customers are over 21.
If there is suspicion that a Colorado Digital ID is fraudulent, the phone cannot be confiscated. However, merchants may ask to see the physical driver license or state ID card.