Apple Inc. has reportedly launched a feature to make state IDs and driver's licenses available on the iPhone Wallet app, in Arizona.
Arizona residents can add their state ID or driver’s license to Wallet and display it to TSA security checkpoints at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport by tapping their Apple Watch or iPhone.
In a statement, Jennifer Bailey, Vice President of Apple Wallet and Apple Pay, said that the company is thrilled to bring the first driver's license as well as state ID in Wallet to Arizona today, and provide Arizonans with a secure, easy, and secluded method to show their ID while traveling, through a tap of their Apple Watch or iPhone.
Soon, more states will be able to use Wallet to store their driver's licenses and state IDs. Along with the seven states Apple already claimed that Hawaii, Colorado, Ohio, Mississippi, and the territory of Puerto Rico will have this functionality available to its citizens.
Once registered to Wallet, customers may simply touch their iPhone or Apple Watch at the identification scanner to submit their state ID or driver’s license to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at participating airport security checkpoints.
Users will be able to see which information the TSA is requesting on their Apple Watch or iPhone and can consent to submit it with Touch ID or Face ID without having to unlock their phone or display their ID card.
Moreover, 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.
It is worth mentioning here that state IDs and driver’s licenses in Wallet are presently accepted at TSA checkpoints in a few states. TSA checkpoint signage should be consulted to ensure availability.
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