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Arizona partners with Apple to create an alternative form of digital ID

Apple announced earlier this week that Arizona is the first state to offer both driver’s license and state ID in Apple Wallet.

Beginning earlier this week, Arizonians were given the ability to add their driver’s license or their state identification to the digital Wallet app as well as tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to securely present the documents at TSA security checkpoints in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

“We’re thrilled to bring the first driver’s license and state ID in Wallet to Arizona today, and provide Arizonans with an easy, secure, and private way to present their ID when traveling, through just a tap of their iPhone or Apple Watch,” commented Jennifer Bailey, the vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet. “We look forward to working with many more states and the TSA to bring IDs in Wallet to users across the US.” 

So far, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, and Puerto Rico are also planning to bring this new feature to their residents, along with seven other states that Apple previously announced.

Users are able to add a driver’s license or state ID through simple steps outlined by Apple. The feature also has an additional fraud prevention step, requiring users to complete a series of facial and head movements throughout the setup process. 

After adding the cards to Wallet, users can present them to TSA at participating airport security checkpoints just by tapping their decides at the identity reader. Because all the information is shared digitally, users do not need to show or give over their devices to present their identification, but the TSA will also take a picture of the traveler for verification.

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BGR.COM

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