Arizona greenlights Apple Wallet driver's licenses

From "Apple launches the first driver’s license and state ID in Wallet with Arizona" posted Wednesday in the Apple Newsroom:

Starting today, Arizonans can add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet, and tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to seamlessly and securely present it at select 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,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s 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.”

Additional states will offer driver’s license and state ID in Wallet soon. Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, and the territory of Puerto Rico plan to bring this feature to their residents, along with the seven states Apple previously announced.

My take: One state at a time.

See also: Apple lobbied New York State to adopt digital drivers' licenses

4 Comments

  1. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    I’m fascinated by the ways Apple is using complex technology and verification methods to make all of this look easy. Yet another plus for the Apple eco-system and another “value added” for eco-system participants.

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    March 23, 2022
  2. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    Ha-ZAH! Skating to where the Wallet puck will be.

    SO obvious, yet still obscure and foggy to many.

    Oh, bring it on. May rectangular flat plastic things rest in peace.

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    March 23, 2022
  3. Michael Goldfeder said:
    This will also make it much easier for any state DMV to suspend a driver’s license with a virtual notice to the individual as opposed to a certified letter. I’m thinking that falls under the “devil’s in the details” category once a license is issued in those states offering this option. Failure to maintain insurance. Too many accidents. Etc.

    It will also be much easier to update current address information as opposed to even going to a DMV Office. Always a negative experience.

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    March 23, 2022
    • Robert Paul Leitao said:
      Michael: This is why I value a AAA membership in Southern California. It’s much easier to work with AAA on some DMV-related tasks than visit a DMV office.

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      March 23, 2022

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