[REVIEW] : Apple lets you store your driver’s license on your iPhone in Arizona

iPhone owners in Arizona can now load their driver’s license or ID card into their iPhone’s wallet app, Apple announced Wednesday.

The digital ID will allow holders to pass through TSA checkpoints at Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona. The digital license will not work at traffic stops.

The digital ID feature is another step in Apple’s long-term strategy to replace credit cards, cash, loyalty cards and IDs with digital equivalents on iPhones. Although Apple doesn’t get much revenue from its wallet, the features are useful and make it harder to switch to an Android phone.

Apple also said Wednesday that it plans to bring the feature to Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio and Puerto Rico in addition to seven previously announced states, including Georgia, which Apple says will be one of the first states to launch the feature. with Arizona.

The setup process for Arizona residents can be initiated through the Wallet app. Users will be asked to take a selfie and scan their plastic driver’s license.

The TSA verifies a user’s digital ID by typing it into one of its machines — users don’t have to hand over their device, Apple said. The TSA will also take a photo of the traveler.

Mobile ID will not be able to be visually inspected on the iPhone screen, such as in a bar or federal building. The mobile ID in the Wallet app will not display a user’s photo or information, for example. Users will continue to need to carry their physical license for the time being.

Apple has been working on digital licensing for more than two years, CNBC previously reported. It works closely with states to issue IDs and with the TSA to accept them. Apple does not pay states for the work they do to support licensing, CNBC previously reported.

Apple launches digital ID cards in Wallet in Arizona

Permit and CNI come to Wallet Apple shared the details in an article published earlier this afternoon, via Jennifer Bailey, Apple Vice President of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet: We are excited to bring Arizona’s first driver’s license and state ID card to Wallet today, and to provide Arizonans with an easy, secure, and private way to present their ID card when travel, with a simple tap on their iPhone or Apple Watch. We look forward to working with many other states and the TSA to bring ID in Wallet to users across the United States. 30 states have explored the idea of ​​adopting Apple Digital IDs and in today’s statement, Apple specifically indicated that more states will indeed be launching support soon. Among these are Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah. And Apple adds that Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, and the territory of Puerto Rico have all committed to adopting the feature now. Some Transportation Security Administration sites are configured to work with Apple digital IDs, but the exact list has not yet been released. Apple clarifies that “travelers should refer to TSA checkpoint signage to confirm availability.”

Arizona is the first state to allow driver’s licenses in Apple Wallet

It’s been several months, but Apple Wallet can finally hold your state’s driver’s license. Arizona residents can add their driver’s license or status ID to Wallet on iPhone or Apple Watch. You’re currently limited to presenting digital cards at select TSA checkpoints at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, but this may save you from having to access traditional credentials when your phone or smartwatch is ready.

Apple is also promising wider availability beyond the eight states it has already announced. Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, and Puerto Rico have also committed to supporting ID cards in Wallet.

The process remains involved as Apple said last year. In Wallet on your iPhone, you can add a driver’s license or country ID by scanning the card, taking a selfie, and making head movements to prove your identity. When it’s time to submit your information to the TSA, you will provide your consent via Face ID or Touch ID. The TSA will also take your photo to check the cards. You’ll need at least an iPhone 8 running iOS 15.4, while you’ll need an Apple Watch Series 4 or later with watchOS 8.4 if you want the feature on your wrist.

Apple assures that the cards in Wallet can be more secure than their real-world counterparts. You only share the necessary information and you don’t need to show your device to an administrator. All driver’s license and case ID data is sent over an encrypted connection, and biometric authentication requirements should prevent others from seeing your sensitive details.

Android has a framework for digital driver’s licenses from version 11, but it’s usually based on third-party apps. Google hopes to consolidate those credentials with the Android Ready SE alliance I built last year, though that will likely take time as vendors come in. For now, Apple seems to have the upper hand when it comes to digitally stored credentials.