Apple announced that it wants to allow users to store their driver’s license and state IDs in the Wallet app on iOS, but the feature was later delayed in November. Today, Apple finally announced the new feature and said that Arizona is the first US state to allow the use of such technology for authentication purposes.
“We’re thrilled to bring the first driver’s license and state ID in Wallet to Arizona today, and provide Arizonans with an easy, secure, and private way to present their ID when traveling, through just a tap of their iPhone or Apple Watch,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet. “We look forward to working with many more states and the TSA to bring IDs in Wallet to users across the US.”
Apple also shared that additional states will also offer driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet soon, including Colorado Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, and the territory of Puerto Rico. The list also previously included Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah, and those states are still in the works of supporting the new technology.
To add a driver’s license or state ID to Apple Wallet, users can press the + button at the top of the screen in Wallet on their iPhone. Users can then select “Driver’s License or State ID” and follow the on-screen instructions to start the setup and verification process. Apple says that in order to ensure that the person can be verified, they’ll be required to take a selfie and scan the front and back of their driver’s license or state ID card. Users will also be asked to complete a series of facial and head movements during the setup process, mainly to prevent fraud. Once it’s complete, the state will be held responsible for verifying the person’s request to add their information to Apple Wallet.
“Once added to Wallet, users can present their driver’s license or state ID to the TSA at participating airport security checkpoints by simply tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch at the identity reader. On their iPhone or Apple Watch, users will be shown which information is requested by the TSA, and can consent to provide it with Face ID or Touch ID, without having to unlock their iPhone or show their ID card. All information is shared digitally, so users do not need to show or hand over their device to present their ID. The TSA will also capture a picture of the traveler for verification purposes.”
Driver’s license and state ID in Apple Wallet is available on iPhone 8 or later running iOS 15.4, and Apple Watch Series 4 or later running watchOS 8.4 or later. “Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet are currently available for use in select states at select TSA checkpoints. Travelers should refer to TSA checkpoint signage to confirm availability.”
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