In the near future, you will be able to go through airport security with just your iPhone or Apple Watch, with no physical driver’s license required. Apple Just announced that it works with eight states to allow driver’s license or state IDs to be added to Apple Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch.
The new technology will be implemented first by Arizona and Georgia, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah.
Residents of those states will be able to use Apple Wallet to show a digital copy of their ID at security checkpoints at participating airports.
“This innovative new mobile driver’s license and state identification initiative with Apple and states nationwide will allow a more seamless airport security screening experience for travelers,” said David Pekoske, TSA administrator. . “This initiative marks a major step for TSA to provide an additional level of traveler comfort by providing more contactless security screening opportunities at TSA airports. “
In order to add their ID to Apple Wallet, iPhone users will scan their physical driver’s license or state ID card and then take a selfie, which will be sent to the issuing state for verification. A prompt will guide users through a series of face and head movements to further confirm identity through the iPhone.
Once the ID is in Apple Wallet, travelers will be able to put their iPhone or Apple Watch on an ID reader at certain TSA checkpoints. Users will need to use Face ID or Touch ID to complete the ID verification.
Travelers won’t have to hand over their phones to TSA agents, keeping the process contactless.
If you’ve ever forgotten your ID at home or blocked the security line because your ID was at the bottom of your bag, this could be a good feature. However, we always recommend that you have your physical ID readily available when traveling, in case the technology does not work (whether on your phone or at airport security.)
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