All the states that will let you upload your driver's license to Apple Wallet


CNET 01 September, 2021 - 03:32pm 46 views

Certain states will be able to add licenses and state IDs to Apple Wallet. 

Apple Wallet users in certain states will be getting the ability to add their driver's licenses or state IDs to their wallets, Apple said in a blog post Wednesday. 

Arizona and Georgia will be first in line for the driver's license feature, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah. 

"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, in a statement. 

The company also said that the Transportation Security Administration will create security checkpoints and lanes in certain airports in order to accommodate the update.

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Connecticut iPhone Users, Showing Your State ID Just Got Easier 01 September, 2021 - 01:12pm

CUPERTINO, CA — Technology giant Apple is partnering with the state of Connecticut to roll out the ability for residents to add their driver's license or state ID to the digital wallet on their iPhone or Apple Watch.

Arizona and Georgia will be the first states where residents can add their ID to their Apple Wallet, according to a news release from the company. Connecticut, Maryland, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Utah are slated to follow.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said in a news release the state is "pleased" to be one of the first working to deploy driver's licenses and state IDs in Apple Wallet.

How will it work? And what could this mean for your privacy?

The first place residents will be able to use their ID in Apple Wallet is at security checkpoints at participating airports, the release said.

Residents will present their driver's license or state ID to the security officials by simply tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch at the identity reader. IDs are scanned digitally through encrypted communication directly between the device and the identity reader. This means there's no need to unlock, show or hand over the device to present an ID.

Neither Apple nor the participating state will know when or where users residents present their IDs, according to the news release. Built-in security features including Face ID and Touch ID ensure that only the person who added the ID to the device can view or present their ID or license in Wallet.

If you live in a participating state, adding your driver's license or state ID to Apple Wallet is a straightforward process. According to Apple, residents should follow these steps:

Connecticut among first 8 states to adopt virtual driver's licenses with Apple

CT Post 01 September, 2021 - 09:40am

Connecticut is among eight states that will be adopting Apple's latest feature: virtual driver's licenses and state IDs. 

The new feature on Apple Wallet will allow users to upload a picture of their identification right to their virtual wallet, which will be verified by the individual states, Apple said in a press release. Apple will also be teaming up with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to allow customers to present their ID on Apple products versus presenting a traditional passport or driver's license. 

“We’re excited to bring a new addition to our state’s modernization efforts that will make our residents’ lives easier, and keep their identities secure through the use of mobile driver’s licenses in Apple Wallet,” Governor Ned Lamont said in a press release. “We’re pleased to be one of the first states working with Apple to deploy driver’s licenses and state identification cards in Apple Wallet, and we’re looking forward to taking the next steps to make sure this new feature benefits our residents.”

“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,” Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet said in a press release. "We are already in discussions with many more states as we’re working to offer this nationwide in the future."

Apple has detailed that adding IDs to the Apple Wallet will work the same way as adding credit cards, which involves taking a series of pictures to prove the authenticity of the identification. 

When presenting an ID to a TSA agent, Apple says that users will only need to tap their phone against the identity reader, which will transfer the necessary information over to TSA. Facial ID or Touch ID will also be required to confirm the release of the information and to verify that the correct individual is using the information. 

Other security measures being taken include the encryption of personal information in Apple Wallet and the ability to remotely delete your data should the device be misplaced. Additionally, both Apple and the state of Connecticut will not be able to see where you present your ID. 

According to Christine Monaghan, Director of Corporate Communications for Apple, "Participating states and the TSA will share more information at a later date about when support for mobile driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet will be available in each state, and which TSA airport security checkpoints and select lanes it will be available at first." 

Currently, there is no start date for the launch of this program. 

Additional states implementing the program include Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah.

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Apple announces first states that will let you keep a digital version of your driver's license on your iPhone

CNBC 01 September, 2021 - 08:23am

Eight states will roll out a feature allowing users to add driver's license and state IDs to Apple Wallet for iPhone and Apple Watch to use at security at participating airports, Apple announced Wednesday.

Arizona and Georgia are the first states to adopt the feature and Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will follow, though the company did not specify a timeline.

The news comes just months after 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.

Adding IDs to the Wallet app works similarly to uploading credit cards and transit passes, Apple said. 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 ID can only be viewed by the owner.

Apple currently offers mobile student IDs that allow people to access campus buildings and make purchases without a physical card, a feature expanded to additional 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.

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Utah driver licenses, IDs coming to Apple Wallet 01 September, 2021 - 12:00am

Apple announced Wednesday that Utah is among eight states that opted into a program that will make driver's licenses and identification cards available through the Apple Wallet platform, which will allow Apple users to access their licenses using their phones or even watches.

Once the service is available in the state, Utahns who are also Apple customers will be allowed to add their driver's license or state identification card to their individual accounts by tapping the "+" button in Apple Wallet and adding their information, according to the company. Those who own an Apple Watch can also choose to pair their license or ID to the device.

After they've added that information, an Apple customer will be asked to scan their physical card using their phone and also take a selfie that will be "securely provided to the issuing state for verification," according to the tech company. Finally, a customer will be asked to complete "a series of facial and head movements during the setup process" as one last security step to authenticate the process.

They will then have the ability to present their identification to Transportation Security Administration authorities at certain airports and other areas equipped to accept digital licenses. According to Apple, customers can tap their iPhone or Apple Watch at a TSA station with an identity reader and that will prompt the reader to display only information that a TSA agent needs for security purposes.

Face ID and Touch ID is requested before that information is sent.

"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," Jennifer Bailey, Apple's vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, said in a statement released by the company on Wednesday.

Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland and Oklahoma also enrolled in Apple's program along with Utah, the company announced Wednesday. Arizona and Georgia will be the first to make it available to residents.

It wasn't immediately clear when the service will be available for Utah residents. reached out to the Utah Department of Public Safety but did not get an immediate response.

Jess Anderson, the commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety, said in a statement that Utah is a "forward-looking state" and looks forward to the partnership with the tech giant.

"We regularly hear from people who want to access their driver's license through their phones. This is a great opportunity for Utah to work with Apple in an innovative use of technology. This secure mobile license adds convenience while helping keep Utah safe," his statement read, in part.

Utah already rolled out a similar digital license option through a partnership with the tech company GET Group North America. Utah Community Credit Union and Harmons — at two of its locations — were the first two companies to accept it as a form of identification but more companies are expected to join by the end of 2021 as it remains in a pilot program stage. It's scheduled to be rolled out statewide next year.

Ryan Williams, the quality assurance manager for the Utah Public Safety Driver's License Division, said mobile licenses offer Utahns the convenience of having identification on their cellphone, as well as contactless information transfers and enhanced privacy. That is, it allows Utahns to choose what information they want to share. So if someone only needs to confirm they are 21 to purchase alcohol, they can do that without sharing other information not necessary for that transaction, like their name, address or birthdate.

"I think it's a big convenience for people to leave their wallets at home," said David Kelts, director of Mobile ID Product Development for GET Group North America, in an interview with last month. "And I think the additional control over data will end up being important for people."

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