Apple Taking Drivers Licenses Digital in Eight States

by Anna Dunn

Apple is taking driver’s licenses digital in eight different states. This allows iPhone users to add their driver’s licenses to the wallet feature on their phone. According to The Hil, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah, all agreed to allow a feature allowing for either a state ID or driver’s license to be carried this way.

While it may not be for everyone, the digital ID could come with some advantages. For instance, it’ll make airport security lines just a bit easier. It’ll also allow people to have multiple important documents all at the touch of a button. The first two states to roll out this new feature are Arizona and Georgia, with the other states to follow.

The Apple wallet app allows those with phones, apple watches, or both to digitally upload credit and debit cards. People can even upload event and plane tickets. Those who want to add their driver’s license to their phone will be able to do so by uploading a selfie. Then, they have to scan their ID card or Drivers license. The ID will only be added to the apple wallet once it’s approved by the state.

Multiple Governors and TSA Officials are Excited by the New Apple Innovation

Meanwhile, the TSA will allow certain airport security checkpoints to use the feature if the airports want to participate.

Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple pay and Apple wallet, expressed excitement about the development in a recent statement.

“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,” she said. She’s also happy that the TSA and certain states seem willing to try out the new innovation.

“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. We are already in discussions with many more states as we’re working to offer this nationwide in the future,” she added.

Meanwhile, David Pekoske a TSA Administrator described the feature as “new and innovative.”

He thinks that the feature will make for a “more seamless airport security screening experience.”

“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,” he said.

The governor of Connecticut is also looking forward to the newest tech innovation.

“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,” he said.