September 3, 2021: -On Wednesday, Apple announced that the eight states would roll out a feature allowing users to add license and state IDs of the driver to Apple Wallet for iPhone and Apple Watch to use at security at participating airports.
Arizona and Georgia are the states to adopt the feature, and Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah will follow, though the company is not specifying the timeline.
The news comes after the months the Apple said at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June that it was working on the feature with the Transportation Security Administration. The update is a crucial step in Apple’s plan to replace physical wallets and will offer more convenience to travelers looking for a touchless airport experience, the company said.
Apple said that adding IDs to the Wallet app works to uploading credit cards and transit passes similarly. Once users scan the ID, they will also be asked to complete facial and head movements as an additional security measure.
After tapping their mobile ID at identity readers in airports, users must approve a note from TSA using Face ID or Touch ID. The company says customer data is “encrypted and protected against tampering and theft” and that the owner can only view the ID.
Apple currently offers mobile student IDs that allow people to access campus buildings and make purchases without a physical card. A feature expanded to other universities in the U.S. and Canada this summer.
The new ID feature will be available with an iPhone software update due for release later this fall.