GET Group North America and The Utah Driver License Division (DLD) jointly announced today that Harmons Grocery has signed on as the first grocer in Utah to participate in the state’s mobile driver’s license (mDL) pilot program. As a pioneer of Utah’s mDL, Harmons will accept mobile credentials to verify identity for pharmacy purchases, as well as for age-based purchases, at select locations. It will initially accept mDLs at its City Creek and Traverse Mountain locations, with plans to expand to additional stores.
Utah is the first state in the U.S. to pilot an mDL that is fully compliant with international standards that ensure mDLs are accepted globally as a legal form of identification. Mobile driver’s licenses allow for information such as name or age to be confirmed contactlessly by a retailer with a simple tap or scan at point-of-sale — without a physical credential or a mobile phone ever changing hands. It does not rely on visual inspection of an ID, therefore taking the subjectivity out of verifying its authenticity. Unlike with a physical driver’s license which discloses all personal information, with an optional mDL, the citizen has complete control of the data they choose to share — limiting it to what is relevant for a specific transaction. mDLs can be verified using an International Standard and apps such as GET Mobile Verify.
“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, Harmons president and CEO.
“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.”
The pilot includes over 100 Utah residents and is expanding now to 10,000 participants including the broader public.