McLean, Va.-based identity verification platform ID.me recently won a $3.75 million federal grant to pilot a new program in Maine.
The award was part of a $15 million round of grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), a program focused on developing new forms of identity management that ID.me has participated in since October 2013.
With the grant, ID.me plans to roll out a digital ID that aims to work just like your driver’s license or your passport: a government-certified ID for whenever you need to prove your identity. Like when a veteran needs to access their medical history from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center or a driver has to apply for a background check before driving for Uber. This digital ID is meant to be a lot easier than filling out separate identification forms each time.
“We are passionate about creating a city-level blueprint for trusted legal identity and background checks,” said CEO Blake Hall. “It will enable consumers to have greater trust in their transactions on peer to peer platforms.”
ID.me has received grants from NSTIC before, including a $1.2 million grant in 2013 and a $1.6 million grant in 2014.