The first US states to spearhead the adoption of the new standard have been announced, after Apple’s announcement at WWDC in June that iOS 15 will introduce support for digital IDs through Apple Wallet. For the time being, just eight states have committed to adopting Apple Wallet IDs, and they’re probably not the ones you’d expect. Arizona and Georgia will be the first of the eight to debut, and Apple says it is in talks with “many additional states” about adopting IDs in Apple Wallet.
Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah are the first states to collaborate with Apple, according to a Newsroom article this morning. The TSA will be one of the first to accept Apple Wallet IDs at “certain airport security checkpoints,” according to Apple.
Apple today announced that it is working with several states across the country, which will roll out the ability for their residents to seamlessly and securely add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet on their iPhone and Apple Watch. Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to introduce this new innovation to their residents, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah to follow. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will enable select airport security checkpoints and lanes in participating airports as the first locations customers can use their driver’s license or state ID in Wallet. Built with privacy at the forefront, Wallet provides a more secure and convenient way for customers to present their driver’s licenses and state IDs on iPhone or Apple Watch.
Jennifer Bailey, VP of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, commented on the news, saying that Apple is “already in negotiations with many more states.”
“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.”
More information concerning the security and privacy of IDs saved in Apple Wallet was also provided by Apple:
Wallet provides a convenient and more secure way to present driver’s licenses and state IDs, while offering superior security and privacy over a physical wallet
Apple and the issuing states do not know when or where users present their IDs.
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. 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.
Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet are only presented digitally through encrypted communication directly between the device and the identity reader, so users do not need to unlock, show, or hand over their device.
If a user misplaces their iPhone or Apple Watch, they can use the Find My app to lock their device and help locate it, or remotely erase a device.
Apple’s mobile ID implementation supports the ISO 18013-5 mDL (mobile driver’s license) standard which Apple has played an active role in the development of, and which sets clear guidelines for the industry around protecting consumers’ privacy when presenting an ID or driver’s license through a mobile device.
Representatives from Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah expressed enthusiasm for the feature’s implementation in their respective states. Here’s what the Iowa Motor Vehicle Division’s director had to say:
“We are glad to see Apple advance the acceptance of mobile driver’s licenses by offering a secure and convenient way to present a mobile driver’s license with Apple Wallet,” said Melissa Gillett, director of the Iowa Motor Vehicle Division. “Privacy and security have been at the forefront of our mobile driver’s license development process and we appreciate Apple’s proven reputation in these areas, as well as the shared commitment to following the ISO 18013-5 standard.”
States working on Apple Wallet ID acceptance and the TSA will “provide more information at a later date,” according to Apple, with Arizona and Georgia expected to be the first two to activate support.