Apple to introduce digital drivers licenses in eight states

Apple to introduce digital drivers licenses in eight states
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Apple announced on Wednesday that eight U.S. states have agreed to allow users to add their driver's licenses to their digital wallets on their Apple devices.

According to the tech company's announcement, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah have all agreed to roll out a feature that will allow Apple users to add their driver's license or state ID to their device's Apple Wallet.

Arizona and Georgia will be the first states two roll out this feature.

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The Apple Wallet app allows those with iPhones or Apple Watches to keep digital copies of their credit cards, loyalty cards and gift cards that can be used in lieu of the physical cards themselves.

Users will be able to add their licenses by scanning the card and taking a selfie, which will be sent to the state that issued the license for verification. Users will also be asked to perform a series of facial and head movements. Once verified by the issuing state, their license will be added to their Apple Wallet.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow certain airport security checkpoints at participating airports to use this feature, Apple said.

“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 Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, Jennifer Bailey.

“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," Bailey added.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske praised the "new and innovative" feature that will allow for a "more seamless airport security screening experience."

“This initiative marks a major milestone by TSA to provide an additional level of convenience for the traveler by enabling more opportunities for touchless TSA airport security screening," Pekoske said.

"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," Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said in Apple's announcement.