In the meantime, Florida will be offering a Smart ID app that residents can use to provide proof of identity or age. It will not replace a physical driver’s license, which will still need to be carried when operating a vehicle.
iOS 15 will gain support for digital IDs in the Wallet app in “late 2021,” according to Apple, but the timeframe for each state adopting the feature is unclear. Last month, Apple confirmed it was in discussions with many more U.S. states as part of its plan to offer digital IDs in the Wallet app nationwide in the future, but no timeframe was provided.
Once a participating state begins offering this capability, residents will be able to tap the plus sign at the top of the Wallet app to begin adding their driver’s license or ID to the app, and then simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch on an identity reader at a TSA checkpoint, without needing to take out their physical card.
Apple said select TSA security checkpoints in participating U.S. airports will be the first locations where customers can present their digital driver’s license or state ID in the Wallet app. The company said participating states and the TSA will share more information at a later date in regards to when and where the feature will be supported.
Arizona, Georgia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah are among the first states in the United States to allow people to connect their driver’s licence or state ID to the Wallet app. Although Florida was not on the list, according to a report released this week, the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has exchanged information with Apple in the hopes of becoming a partner.
After downloading and authenticating, Florida motorists will simply launch their Florida Smart ID app, select the type of verification needed, and display the QR/barcode on their smart device to be scanned for verification. The smart device does not need to leave the owner’s hand when being verified by a retailer or by law enforcement, making Florida Smart ID a contact-free and convenient way to display proof of identity or age.
Apple said the feature is designed with privacy and security in mind. When adding a driver’s license or state ID card to the Wallet app, customers will be required to take a photo of their face, which Apple said will be securely provided to the issuing state for verification. As an additional measure, Apple said users will be prompted to complete a series of facial and head movements during the setup process.
Upon tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch on an identity reader, customers will see a prompt on their device displaying the specific information being requested by the TSA. Only after authorizing with Face ID or Touch ID is the requested identity information released from their device, according to Apple. Users do not need to unlock, show, or hand over their device to a TSA security officer to present their ID, the company added.