On February 28 the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) unveiled the state’s new driver license and ID card, dubbed the “Iconic Credential.” The new credentials became available to residents of Colorado the same day.

Scenic designs by Colorado photographers

The new card features artwork from Colorado photographers Matt Nunez (front side) and Gabriel Dupon (back side). More than 55,760 Coloradans voted for their favorite photos, choosing photos by Nunez and Dupon over 400 other submissions by almost 120 entrants in 2020. Three finalists were selected by a committee that included motor vehicle administrators, artists and Colorado Governor Polis with a final, public vote on the top three designs. Learn more at: Colorado announces winning driver’s license designs

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The Colorado DMV describes the Iconic Credential in greater detail:

  • Big and bold: The Iconic Credential features Colorado in bold type which represents the state’s strong character with a more subtle Colorado placed within to symbolize its grace.
  • More colorful: Coloradans asked for a more vibrant and colorful credential, and the Iconic Credential delivers by using rainbow color ink which allows smooth transition from one color to the next.
  • REAL ID compliant: The Iconic Credential, like other CO credentials since 2012, is REAL ID compliant. (The only exception is a credential issued under the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act.)
  • Honoring military veterans: The Iconic Credential, like previous versions of Colorado cards, honors those who serve or have served in the U.S. military. Eligible veterans and service members can add military service identifiers to their license which include the word “Veteran” as well as the seals and/or logo (Space Force) of all military branches.
  • Like the Rocky Mountains, the Iconic Credential is built to last. The new credential is made of durable polycarbonate and contains the latest anti-counterfeiting technology, such as laser engraving for the text, photo, and more.
  • Unique microtext: Perhaps the most Colorado-centric security feature is the microtext that lists each of Colorado’s 64 counties on the back side of the card. Identification Card

In addition to physical cards, the Iconic Credential will also be available as the Colorado Digital ID in the myColorado™ app, now used by more than 600,000 Coloradans. 


Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles

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