Apple says Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to add the new ID feature when iOS 15 updates this fall. Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah will follow.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirms it will accept the iPhone IDs at select airport security checkpoints and lanes in participating airports as the first locations customers can use the tech. Fliers will simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to present it to the TSA, without taking out their physical card or handing over their device.
“Georgia is a national leader when it comes to the safety and security of its driver and identity credentialing process, with more than 99 percent of Georgians REAL ID compliant,” said Spencer R. Moore, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. “We are honored to work with Apple as an initial adopter for such a revolutionary customer experience. The identity proofing bar has been raised significantly thanks to Apple and innovative states like Georgia.”
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David Pekoske, TSA Administrator, says this “will enable a more seamless airport security screening experience for travelers,” especially as people want more touchless options throughout the pandemic.
Apple says Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet take full advantage of the privacy and security built into iPhone and Apple Watch. Customers’ identity data is encrypted and protected against tampering and theft, and neither Apple nor the states know when or where someone uses it.
Biometric authentication using Face ID and Touch ID ensures that only the person who added the ID to the device can view or present their ID or license in Wallet.
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