Apple announced this week Arizona is the first state to offer driver’s licenses and state IDs in the Wallet app, accessible through an iPhone or Apple Watch. Users can “seamlessly and securely” present their ID at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Many iPhone users are accustomed to having their credit cards, gift cards, and even boarding passes organised and ready to use through their Wallet mobile app at the touch of a finger. This week, iPhone users in Arizona will be able to use the app to retrieve their driver’s licences, a long-awaited feature.
Apple said TSA would be enabling select airport security checkpoints and lanes in participating airports as the first locations for iPhone users to test out the new feature. America is changing faster than ever! Add Changing America to your Facebook or Twitter feed to stay on top of the news.
In September, Apple announced it was working with multiple states to roll out driver’s license and state ID capabilities for the Wallet app. Arizona and Georgia were slated to be the first states to offer the new feature, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah.
Apple explained that once a driver’s license or state ID is added to the Wallet app, users can tap their iPhone or Apple Watch at the identity reader at participating TSA checkpoints. Users can also consent to providing TSA-requested information through biometric authentication using Face ID or Touch ID – which helps ensure only the person who added their ID or license in Wallet can view or present it. All information is shared digitally through encrypted communication, so users don’t need to physically hand over their device or ID card.
“The addition of driver’s licenses and state IDs to Apple Wallet is an important step in our vision of replacing the physical wallet with a secure and easy-to-use mobile wallet,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet.