Wyoming pilots DDLs
27 September 2017 17:06 GMT

Gemalto has announced that Wyoming is joining four other jurisdictions in a pilot for digital driver’s licenses (DDLs).

In 2016, Gemalto received a government grant to support the development of a smartphone-based credential in Colorado, Idaho, Maryland and Washington DC. This partnership includes a two-year grant from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which spearheads the country’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, an effort dedicated to securing and protecting privacy in the digital world. 

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) requested to join the mobile driver’s license pilot with an intent to focus its Phase One efforts mainly on enrolment and law enforcement verification. Gemalto says that as the state shares a border with two other pilot participants – Colorado and Idaho – Wyoming’s involvement also furthers the use case of cross-border verification for out-of-state credentials using the trusted technology made possible by a digital format. 

“Gemalto’s expertise, as demonstrated by the early pilot results, encouraged us to add a digital companion to our physical card,” says Debbie Trojovsky, program manager, Driver Services, Wyoming Department of Transportation. “The digital driver license’s security features, advanced in-field verification, enhanced privacy, and remote update capabilities will allow us to bring improved service to Wyoming residents.”

“With Wyoming's participation, we are able to further broaden the pilot scope and continue to refine the solution to meet the unique needs presented by different jurisdictions,” says Steve Purdy, vice president of State Government Programs, Gemalto. “The results of this collaborative initiative will put Wyoming at the forefront of digital identity and provide the foundation for future implementation strategies across the nation and the world.”