Apple working with Arizona to allow digital driver’s license on phone
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Arizona is one of the first states to work with Apple to allow residents to have their state IDs or driver’s licenses in their Apple Wallet.
Apple announced the news Wednesday morning in a press release. Arizona and Georgia are the first two states that will allow residents to have their driver’s licenses in their Apple Wallets. Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will be the next group of states.
“Arizona is at the leading edge of states making mobile IDs available to the public, and we are pleased to work with Apple and give Arizonans the choice, convenience, and security of adding their driver’s license to their Apple Wallet,” said Eric Jorgensen, director of the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division. “Beyond being innovative and exciting, a digital version of a driver’s license offers increased security and privacy for our residents, making it something everyone should consider.”
So instead of having your physical card with you, just like your credit or debit cards, it will be right there in your Apple Wallet. Apple says Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be working to try to utilize the new technology at select checkpoints/lanes.
“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,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet. “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.”
Right now, the ability to upload your license in Arizona is not available as it is still in the planning stages. If you would like more information about how it will work, read the full press release here.
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