Apple announces first states for driver’s licenses and wallet credentials

Apple announces first states for driver's licenses and wallet credentials

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Apple on Wednesday announced that eight states will roll out a feature that will allow users to add a driver’s license and state ID to Apple Wallet for iPhone and Apple Watch, so they can access security at participating airports.

Arizona and Georgia are the first states to adopt the feature and Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will follow, although the company has not specified a timeline.

The news comes just months after Apple worked on the feature with the Transportation Security Administration at its global developer conference in June. The company said the feature is an important step in Apple’s plan to replace physical wallets and will provide more convenience for travelers looking for contactless airport travel.

Apple said adding the ID to the Wallet app works the same as downloading a credit card and a transit pass. Once users have scanned the ID, they will also be prompted to perform face and head movements as an added safety measure.

After typing their mobile ID on identity readers at airports, users must approve a TSA note using Face ID or Touch ID. The company says customer data is “encrypted and protected against tampering and theft” and the ID can only be viewed by the owner.

Apple is currently offering Mobile Student IDs that allow students to access campus buildings and make purchases without a physical card, a feature being extended to other universities in the United States and Canada this summer.

The new ID feature will be available with an iPhone software update, slated for release later this fall.

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