Apple announces first states allowing you keep a digital version of your driver’s license on your iPhone



Apple announces first states allowing you keep a digital version of your driver’s license on your iPhone as well as state IDs . The eight selected are Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah.

In June, Apple had said that it was working on this feature with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) during its Worldwide Developers Conference. Now, the feature will be coming soon to the above-mentioned states initially, though the tech giant did not mention a timeline.

How to add a digital driver’s license on Apple Wallet in iPhone or Apple Watch?

It is easy to add a driver’s license to the Apple Wallet on these Apple devices as the company said it is similarly to uploading credit cards or transit passes. The users have to scan the ID. Then they will be asked to complete facial and head movements as an extra safety feature.

How will the digital driver’s license be used in airports for a touch less seamless experience?

Users must tap their mobile ID at the identity readers that are present in airports. Then users have to approve a note from the TSA using Face ID or Touch ID.

The company has mentioned that customer data remains “encrypted and protected against tampering and theft” and that the IDs can only be seen by the owners.

Spokespersons from Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Utah said that they were looking forward to implementing the driver’s license feature on Apple Wallet as it would improve security and convenience for its users.

Apple talked about this feature at the  Worldwide Developers Conference in June with the Transportation Security Administration.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will enable select airport security checkpoints and lanes in participating airports as the first locations customers can use their driver’s license or state ID in Wallet. Apple said  the Wallet provides a more secure and convenient way for customers to present their driver’s licenses and state IDs on iPhone or Apple Watch.

“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. “We are excited that the TSA and so many states are already on board to help bring this to life for travelers across the country using only their iPhone and Apple Watch, and we are already in discussions with many more states as we’re working to offer this nationwide in the future.”

“This new and innovative mobile driver’s license and state ID initiative with Apple and states around the country will enable a more seamless airport security screening experience for travelers,” said David Pekoske, TSA Administrator. “This initiative marks a major milestone by TSA to provide an additional level of convenience for the traveler by enabling more opportunities for touchless TSA airport security screening.” Source Apple Investor Relations

The process for adding a driver’s license will be as easy as the way customers add new credit cards and transit passes to Wallet today.

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