Arizona State in the US has become the first to put driver’s license and state ID in Apple Wallet.
If you reside in Arizona, you are now allowed to add your driver’s license and state ID to your Apple Wallet. Apple made this announcement in its blog, writing, “Starting today, Arizonans can add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet, and tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to seamlessly and securely present it at select TSA security checkpoints in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.”
To access this new feature, snap the front and back of your license or ID. You will then “be prompted to complete a series of facial and head movements during the setup process.”
However, the state of Arizona is responsible for approving the request to add your ID to your Wallet.
To show your ID to TSA at the airport, the process is as follows; “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.”
For now, you can use your digital ID at the Phoenix airport only if you use PSA PreCheck. Also, you still have to present your physical driver’s license or ID if requested, which means you can’t ditch them just yet.
Apple is positioning its Wallet as a replacement for the physical wallet, although its solutions have not been widely available. For example, apart from the restrictions on the digital ID, you can only add your Covid-19 vaccine card if your healthcare provider or authority supports it.
Likewise, Apple’s digital car keys can only be used on a few BMW models. Some Genesis models and one Kia model also support the feature.
However, Apple has revealed more states are coming on board with the digital license and ID features, including Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, and Puerto Rico.
“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.”
Driver’s license and state ID in 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.