Primary elements

There are three primary elements that make the Digital ID Framework a tool for users to gain access to the many benefits that come along with state services.

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California Identity Gateway

CDT-built technology platform

A shared central technology architecture that facilitates the interaction between various digital platforms for identification and eligibility verification. The gateway will be the state’s preferred service that leverages information held by one or more Identity Providers to enable Departments to identify and determine the eligibility of residents and provides the basis for a Single Sign-on (SSO) solution to access all state services. CDT also implements policy, standards, and requirements to establish the gateway as a statewide standard. In addition, CDT administers contracts related to the Gateway to allow for State departments to build off of CDT’s identity management services.

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Digital Credentials

Digital artifacts built off of CDT governance and overseen by CDT’s Office of Digital Services

CDT-administered rules and requirements and development oversight to encourage State entities to develop digital credentials to integrate with the California Identity Gateway. These credentials securely store relevant information, either by the issuing entity or directly on a user's device. Credential types include items such as state park passes, state-issued professional licenses, vaccine records, transit passes with embedded discounts, electric vehicle charger access, and the mobile driver's license (mDL). These credentials may be presented in many different formats, including web, mobile apps, native mobile integrations, or even in proprietary solutions. However, CDT directly manages and provides technology solutions for the development and provision of credentials.

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Digital Wallet

A CDT-administered system and data architecture that will enable state-issued Digital Credentials to integrate seamlessly with commonly used consumer wallet products or be available to a resident’s preferred wallet where appropriate. These wallets may store digital versions of physical cards like credit cards, membership cards, or even mobile driver's licenses, but can also facilitate transactions, allowing users to pay for goods and services digitally, or confirm their eligibility for a benefit or discount. Often, these features can be combined into a single credential. CDT will develop policy and governance regarding the development, use, and security of digital credentials. To provide additional support CDT will lead the State in the development of procurement vehicles and data sharing agreements that are necessary for the optimal implementation of digital wallet systems.