Harmons as Part of Utah Pilot Program Accepts Mobile Driver's Licenses
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Harmons as Part of Utah Pilot Program Accepts Mobile Driver's Licenses

Gov CIO Outlook | Monday, August 02, 2021

David Kelts, Director of Mobile ID, GET Group

Harmons will accept mobile credentials to verify identity for pharmacy purchases and age-based purchases at select locations as a pioneer of Utah’s mDL.

FREMONT, CA: GET Group North America and The Utah Driver License Division (DLD) recently announced that Harmons Grocery has signed on as the first grocer in Utah to take part in the state’s mobile driver’s license (mDL) pilot program. Harmons will accept mobile credentials to verify identity for pharmacy purchases and age-based purchases at select locations as a pioneer of Utah’s mDL. It will accept mDLs at its City Creek and Traverse Mountain sites at first, hoping to extend to more locations in the future.

“Convenience and superior service for our customers is our primary focus and bringing mDL verification, a more secure and convenient form of ID that gives customers greater control over their identity information, is an ideal match,” said Mark Jensen, President, and CEO, Harmons.

Utah is the first state in the United States to test an mDL that complies with international standards, ensuring that mDLs are accepted as a legal form of identity worldwide. Information like name or age can be confirmed contactless by a shop with a simple tap or scan at point-of-sale—without the need for a physical credential or a mobile phone ever changing hands. It does not rely on visual inspection of an ID to validate its legitimacy, removing subjectivity from the process.

“We commend Harmons for embracing the future of ID and becoming a frontrunner in supporting their customers’ use of mDL technology at point-of-sale,” said Chris Caras, Director of the Driver License Division for the State of Utah Department of Public Safety. “The security, privacy and convenience of mobile IDs is something we anticipate the public will really be pleased with, and Harmons is enthusiastic about providing the best experience for their customers.”

Unlike a traditional driver’s license, which discloses all personal information, an optional mDL allows citizens to limit the data they submit to only that which is necessary for a specific transaction. An International Standard and programs like GET Mobile Verify can be used to verify mDLs.

Over 100 Utah citizens have participated in the pilot, which is now being expanded to 10,000 people, including the general public. On the 3rd and 4th of August, public members and the media are invited to receive an mDL at Harmons’ City Creek and Traverse Mountain sites between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; a valid driver’s license must be shown.

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