The Johnstown Police Department will now be accepting digital IDs on the myColorado™ mobile app.
Johnstown, CO – March 30, 2021 – Johnstown Police Department (JPD) announced that their officers have begun accepting the Colorado Digital ID™ within the myColorado™ mobile app as proof of identity, age and address for traffic stops. The contactless Digital ID provides residents a secure, safe and convenient way to exchange information with officers. Colorado is the first state in the nation to offer residents the option to electronically transmit digital identification, vehicle registration and proof of insurance to law enforcement. Johnstown PD is among the first local law enforcement agencies to accept Digital ID.
“Being able to accept identification digitally like this is a game changer, especially with the ongoing pandemic,” said Lieutenant Ryan Oglesby with the JPD. “This technology can save our officers from having to touch a plastic license or bring information from the stopped vehicle to the patrol car. It will also shorten the time that the officer and driver spend on the side of the road.”
When stopped by Johnstown Police, residents using Digital ID will be asked to scan the officer’s QR code with their MyColorado app which will bring up the relevant information on the officer’s in-car computer. With the JPD Traffic Unit just newly implemented in September 2020, this technology will be an asset in making streets safer in Johnstown as well as keeping residents and officers at a safe distance during routine stops.
As Digital ID usage increases, Johnstown residents should be able to expect to use their Digital ID at local businesses, with County law enforcement, and in other Towns across the State. Colorado State Patrol began using the system at the end of 2020.
Coloradans can securely generate their Digital ID by downloading the myColorado app to their smartphones via the App Store or Google Play. Electronic copies of vehicle registration and auto insurance cards can also be stored in the app’s Digital Wallet. More information about myColorado and Colorado Digital ID is available at myColorado.gov.
About myColorado™ and the Colorado Digital ID™
myColorado™ is the State of Colorado’s official mobile app™, providing secure and convenient access to state services anytime, anywhere. One of the app’s signature features, Colorado Digital ID™, enables you to create an electronic version of your Colorado driver license or state identification (ID) card. The Digital ID can be displayed on your smartphone for proof of identification, age, and address within Colorado. Now more important than ever given the COVID-19 crisis, Coloradans can easily access state public health and human services. As of Feb. 2021, more than 100,000 Coloradans have downloaded the app.
On Oct. 30, 2019, Gov. Jared Polis signed an Executive Order to authorize Digital ID as a legal form of identification in Colorado. Peace officers were exempt from the directives so that a pilot program between state law enforcement and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) could inform the development and testing of a secure solution - known as the myColorado Portal - designed to wirelessly transmit data using existing hardware and reporting systems. Colorado State Patrol Troopers began accepting the Digital ID on Nov. 30, 2020, and many local law enforcement agencies are beginning to accept it, providing cross jurisdictional use in law enforcement and public safety situations. Until full cross-jurisdictional acceptance is achieved, residents should carry their physical driver license or state ID.
The Colorado Digital ID will evolve over time as national standards are adopted, allowing for interstate usage and compliance with federal REAL ID requirements. Digital ID is just the first step toward making secure digital data-sharing available to Coloradans.
The myColorado app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Visit myColorado.gov to learn more. Businesses can also sign up for materials and training on the site. myColorado is a collaborative project between the Governor’s Office, Office of Information Technology (OIT), Department of Revenue (DOR), Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and Colorado Department of Public Safety.
Jamie Desrosier, Communications Manager