As the future inevitably becomes more digital, many have opted to switch to digital payment methods instead of physical cards.
Now, it looks like forms of identification might be headed that way too, questioning whether or not we will eventually even ned to carry wallets around anymore.
Arizona has just become the first US state to allow residents to show identification by uploading their Driver’s License or State ID to their Apple Wallet, though the digital versions will not be accepted in all cases.
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Residents that have TSA PreCheck will be able to use their digital identification to select security checkpoints at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport. Travelers will still need their physical identification when flying back to Arizona, however.
Digital IDs in Arizona will not be permitted for presenting proof of age to consume or purchase alcohol, or for any other usage that might require age verification.
We are 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, Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with many more states and the TSA to bring IDs in Wallet to users across the US”
In order to upload an ID to the Apple Wallet, residents can tap the “+” button at the top of their wallet and follow through the verification process. Users will have to scan the front and back of their physical ids as well as take a photo of themselves in order to verify that they are the same person that the id belongs to.
Georgia will be the next state to roll out the featured, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Utah, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, and the territory of Puerto Rico.
“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,” Bailey said. “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, and we are already in discussions with many more states as we’re working to offer this nationwide in the future. ”
Apple explained that the digital IDs are “presented digitally through encrypted communication” so users do not need to unlock their devices or show the ID when checking in at security.
The new feature is currently supported on iPhone 8 and later as well as Apple Watch Series 4 and later.
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