Arizona is the first state to allow a driver’s license and state ID in Apple Wallet. Arizona residents can now add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet and verify it instantly and securely at selected TSA security checkpoints in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport by tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch.
“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.”
Soon, more states will have driver’s licenses and state IDs available in Apple Wallet. Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, and the territory of Puerto Rico plan to bring this feature to their residents, along with the seven states Apple already confirmed.
A driver’s license or state ID can be added to Apple Wallet in just a few simple steps: Residents can start the setup and verification process by tapping the Plus button at the top of the screen in Wallet on their iPhone, selecting “Driver’s License or State ID,” and following the on-screen steps. The user will be requested to snap a selfie and scan the front and back of their driver’s license or state ID card, which will be securely submitted to the issuing state for verification.
During the setup process, users will be asked to conduct a set of face and head motions as an extra fraud prevention measure. The user’s request to add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet is verified and approved by the state.
Once registered to Wallet, customers can simply touch their iPhone or Apple Watch at the identification scanner to submit their driver’s license or state ID to the TSA at participating airport security checkpoints. Users will be able to see which information the TSA is requesting on their iPhone or Apple Watch, and can consent to submit it with Face ID or Touch ID without having to unlock their phone or display their ID card. Users do not need to display or hand over their smartphone to present their ID because all information is shared digitally. For verification purposes, the TSA will also take a picture of the traveler.
Driver’s license and state ID in Wallet takes full advantage of the privacy and security features built into iPhone and Apple Watch and provides advantages that a physical ID card cannot. Unlike physical ID cards, Wallet’s driver’s license and state ID only display the information required for the interaction, and the user has the option to examine and authorize the necessary information before it is provided.
Additionally, in Wallet, the driver’s license and state ID are presented digitally via encrypted communication directly between the smartphone and the identification scanner, eliminating the need for consumers to show or hand over their device.
Only the person who added the ID to the device can view or show their ID or license in Wallet, thanks to biometric authentication using Face ID and Touch ID. If users misplace their iPhone or Apple Watch, they may use the Find My app to quickly lock and locate their device, as well as remotely delete it.
Driver’s license and state ID in Wallet is available on iPhone 8 or later running iOS 15.4 or later, and Apple Watch Series 4 or later running watchOS 8.4 or later. Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet are currently accepted at TSA checkpoints in a few states. TSA checkpoint signage should be consulted to confirm availability.