Apple announced on Wednesday that digital driver’s licenses will soon be available through Apple Wallet on Apple Watch and iPhone that will be available to users living in eight states. Residents of Arizona and Georgia will have first access. Expansions in Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah will occur shortly after the initial launch.
The program has been approved by the Transportation Security Administration for implementation at participating airports throughout the various states, the trillion-dollar technology giant stated in a press release.
“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. 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,” Apple Pay and Apple Wallet Vice President Jennifer Bailey said in a statement.
“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 TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “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.”
State leaders in both political parties expressed their excitement for the opportunity.
“We’re pleased to be one of the first states working with Apple to deploy driver’s licenses and state identification cards in Apple Wallet, and we’re looking forward to taking the next steps to make sure this new feature benefits our residents,” said Democratic Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont.
“Maryland is proud to be a leader once again in safe innovation with the implementation of mobile driver’s licenses,” Republican Governor Larry Hogan said. “As we look to the future, we are committed to enhancing convenience and accessibility while maintaining the highest safety and security standards for our state and citizens.”
Convenience, safety, and security are all at the forefront of the project.
“Apple and the issuing states do not know when or where users present their IDs,” the company explained. “Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet take full advantage of the privacy and security built into iPhone and Apple Watch. Customers’ identity data is encrypted and protected against tampering and theft. Biometric authentication using Face ID and Touch ID ensures that only the person who added the ID to the device can view or present their ID or license in Wallet.”
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