With iOS 15, Apple Wallet will receive the ability to store driver’s licenses, just like credit cards and discount codes. The digital version of your ID will act just like a physical license, and will even be accepted at TSA checkpoints. When the feature goes live later this year, it will only be available to those participating in U.S. states. Apple has not yet said which states are interested.
“The Transportation Security Administration is working to enable airport security checkpoints as the first place customers can use their digital identity cards in their wallets,” said Apple.
Apple has been working on the technology to support IDs and passports for at least one year. In the future, driver’s license support will expand beyond the airport to dealers and arenas, according to the company.
Apple and the TSA are also working on a Wallet feature that will automatically pull the exact information you need to break through airport security, and it will be available on the iPhone in a single scan.
The Apple Wallet version of your driver card is encrypted and can be read via digital scanners. iOS 15 will also add Wallet support for workflows and even hotel keys in participating arenas. Your iPhone will also be able to unlock compatible smart locks.
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