Colorado Digital ID™ for myColorado Business Partners
Join the myColorado Partner Program!
Let customers know you accept the Colorado Digital ID! Click here, or complete the form at the bottom of this page, to join the myColorado Partner Program and request a window sticker. Proudly display the sticker on your storefront or in the office to let Coloradans know your business accepts the Colorado Digital ID! Check out who's already on board!
Who Can Accept the Colorado Digital ID?
If you own or work at a Colorado business, YOU can! 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 businesses are encouraged to accept the Digital ID, and 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.
Verifying Identity & Age
There are several ways to verify 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 the free-floating flower hologram move. If the hologram does not move, it is a static photo, indicating a counterfeit.
- Ask the holder to press on the ID so you can see if the text size enlarges.
- Ask the holder to close and reopen the myColorado app to show their Digital ID.
- Digital ID barcode scan - simply have the user swipe left to show the barcode
In the future, it will be possible for license holders to securely send credentials electronically!
Scanning the Barcode
Merchants can scan the 2D barcode on a Colorado Digital ID just as they do for physical cards. The swipe-left functionality displays the “back” of the ID with the barcode.
The Digital ID has built-in security features
Swipe left to show the Digital ID barcode
myColorado users can hide information 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.
New Look for Colorado State IDs
In May, 2020, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles began rolling out a design update to improve the readability of driver licenses, identification cards, and other credentials. The Colorado Digital ID reflects the DMV's new design.
A person’s physical ID will have the previous design until they renew it, which could be up to five years. For this reason, their physical ID may not match their Digital ID. This does not mean the Digital ID is fraudulent.
Training for Employees on the Colorado Digital ID
It's important for cashiers, bartenders, food servers, pharmacy staff, and other employees who regularly accept identification to be familiar with the Digital ID.
Click here to download the one-page training document and learn how to easily verify that a person’s Digital ID is genuine. The video at the top of this page also provides guidance.
To request a learning module that can be integrated into your employee training process for checking ID, send an email to myColorado@state.co.us. We’ll be happy to work with your training team to help your employees quickly and easily check the Digital ID.
Updated State Rules for Identification
Colorado state agencies are updating the official rules for accepting identification to include digital forms of ID. Here are links to the Secretary of State’s web page for recently-updated rules:
- For Colorado Liquor Rules identifying digital ID as an acceptable form of identification, visit this Colorado Secretary of State page and reference CCR 203-2, Regulation 47-912 - Identification, paragraph A.
- For Colorado Marijuana Rules identifying digital ID as an acceptable form of identification, visit this Colorado Secretary of State page and reference CCR 212-3, 3-405 – Identification, paragraph C.
Visit your normal reference for identification rules as additional updates are in progress.