COLORADO (KREX) — Work on the iconic designs started in February of 2020. The contest launched six months later, transforming Centennial State driver licenses.

119 entrants brought in 407 submissions, which equates to 280 front-side design entries and 127 back-side designs. It was a process to narrow down the final look, but the state wanted to be sure it would capture Colorado’s unique culture.

“We wanted to be sure that our ID cards, our drivers licenses, our state ID cards are effective and show who we are as a people and really showed something special about the great state that we call home,” Governor Jared Polis expresses.

The last time Colorado re-designed licenses was 2015. Photographers Matt Nuñez and Gabriel Dupon each won a $500 grant, courtesy of Colorado Creative Industries.

The new designs slated to debut in fall of last year, instead will come out any day now, once few finishing touches are ready.