Verifiable Digital Credentials

Our Initiatives

Providing secure and private digitally verified records and credentials

Digital verifiable credentials are secured versions of credentials that people can present to organizations that need them for verification. These credentials could include things like diplomas, licenses, certifications, and other forms of identity verification. We are working to create a pilot program and provide recommendations for certain digital verifiable credentials and records.

Our goals

Verifiable Digital Government is a technology trust layer that adds tamper proof cryptography methods to original source data. By utilizing digital signatures and public key infrastructure the state has the ability to demonstrate verifiable provenance for anything saved in digital form. In addition to digital credentials, this would include messages, documents, entitlements, records, signatures, and an ability to give consent digitally. Because of the nature of this technology, potentially anyone has the ability to verify independently the digital information being presented to them.

In the future, we will implement a structure that will provide ongoing support for the creation and management of digitally verified records and credentials in a way that is both secure and privacy-enhancing. Verifiable digital credentials improve government services for the citizens:

  • Increased security and privacy: Digital credentials can be stored and managed securely, making them less vulnerable to fraud and identity theft. They also allow for selective disclosure to protect the privacy of the individual's personal information.
  • Improved efficiency: Digital credentials can be easily presented and verified, which can streamline many processes, such as applying for jobs, enrolling in school, or accessing government services.
  • Enhanced convenience: Digital credentials can be presented and verified both online and in person, making them more convenient for individuals and businesses. They are also typically stored and presented using common mobile devices.
  • Reduced costs: Digital credentials can help to reduce the costs of issuing and managing traditional credentials, such as professional licenses, marriage certificates, and food handler permits.
  • Enhanced economic opportunities: Digital credentials can help to improve the efficiency of the workforce and create new economic opportunities. For example, they can be used to verify skills and qualifications, which can make it easier for people to find jobs and advance their careers.

A digital verifiable credentials initiative involves creating a system for issuing, presenting, and verifying digital credentials in a secure and tamper-proof manner. These credentials could include things like diplomas, licenses, certifications, and other forms of identity verification. Here's how such an initiative aligns with the strategic priorities of the Utah Division of Technology Services:

  1. Enhancing Security and Privacy: Digital verifiable credentials utilize cryptography and decentralized technology, which can enhance security and privacy. This aligns with the Division's priority of ensuring the security of data and systems.
  2. Streamlining Government Services: Verifiable credentials can be used to streamline government services by enabling citizens to easily prove their qualifications or identity online, reducing the need for in-person verification processes. This supports the Division's goal of providing efficient and user-friendly government services.
  3. Promoting Innovation: Embracing cutting-edge technologies like digital verifiable credentials demonstrates a commitment to innovation. This aligns with the Division's strategic priority of fostering a culture of innovation in technology.
  4. Ensuring Interoperability: Verifiable credentials are designed to be interoperable across different systems and organizations. This can support the Division's focus on creating integrated and connected technology solutions.
  5. Reducing Fraud and Identity Theft: Digital verifiable credentials can significantly reduce the risk of fraud and identity theft by enabling individuals to share only necessary information and by providing a tamper-proof way to verify credentials. This resonates with the Division's aim to mitigate cybersecurity risks.
  6. Facilitating Digital Transformation: Implementing a digital verifiable credentials initiative aligns with the Division's goal of driving digital transformation across government processes, as it encourages the shift from paper-based to digital verification methods.
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