Add a driver’s license or state ID to Apple Wallet

(Pocket Ribbon) – Apple recently announced the ability to add a U.S. driver’s license or state identification card to your virtual Apple Wallet, and while only a handful of states have announced they’ll support the digitization feature initially, Apple promises it will. more will follow soon. To learn how to add your driver’s license or state ID to your Apple Wallet, follow along.

How to add your driver’s license or state ID to Apple Wallet

Adding a driver’s license to Apple Wallet is very similar to adding a credit or debit card, but with a few extra security measures.

Open the Apple Wallet app. Tap the + icon in the top right corner. Select the driver’s license or state ID option.

You will then need to do a clear photo scan of both the front and back of your license before being asked to take a selfie for state verification purposes. Both Apple and the local government want to make sure someone can’t just steal two quick photos of your license and commit a seriously quick identity thief. To further prevent cheaters from adding someone else’s identification to their wallet, you will then be asked to “perform a series of facial and head movements during the installation process”. Unfortunately, we are not yet able to test the process of adding a driver’s license to Apple Wallet ourselves.

We can only imagine that it works the same way as other in-app authentication systems like Tinder, which require you to take a series of selfies to prove it’s you on the other side. Apple says that after submitting the appropriate ID scans and selfies, the issuing state will verify the user’s identity and confirm the legitimacy of the digitization request before approval, which could take several days.

It’s not yet known how exactly the local police will handle Apple Wallet driver licenses, so in the meantime, keep your physical card in your actual wallet at all times. When traveling through select airports, however, Apple hopes it will be a different story, as the company has already announced TSA support for the feature at airports across the US.

Can you use your Apple Wallet driver’s license or state ID at an airport?

It seems that the answer is actually yes.

Apple supporters who select airports already have dedicated security lines with specialized readers that can handle an Apple Watch or iPhone ID, and strongly emphasize the method’s security, insisting that “users don’t have to unlock, show, or hand over to present their ID”. According to Apple, if you want to show your digital license or ID to TSA at the airport, this process looks like:

“On their iPhone or Apple Watch, users can see what information the TSA is requesting and allow them to provide it with Face ID or Touch ID, without having to unlock their iPhone or show their ID card. All information is shared digitally so users don’t have to show or hand over their device to show their ID.”

According to Apple, the TSA will also take a photo of the traveler during this process for verification purposes.

Which states currently support adding your driver’s license or state ID to Apple Wallet?

Only the following states and territories have announced support for the feature:

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IowaKentuckyMarylandMississippiOhioOklahomaPuerto Rico TerritoryUtah

As of March 2022, Arizona will be the first state to officially roll out Apple’s digital driver’s license and state ID feature. Apple announced it in a press release: “Arizonas can add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet and tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to seamlessly and securely present it at select TSA security checkpoints at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.” According to a TSA press release, initially only travelers using PSA PreCheck at the Phoenix airport will be able to use the feature. And passengers “must continue” to still have their physical driver’s license or ID with them.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to learn more about Apple Pay and, by association, Apple Wallet, read our full explanation here.

Written by Maggie Tillman.

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