Apple announced that it is working with several US states to release the ability to store a driver’s license or state ID in a user’s Apple wallet on an iPhone or Apple Watch. Connecticut is among eight states that will partner with Apple, which will allow it to store the license in its Wallet app, as well as a credit card, the company said.
The data will be encrypted and customers will be required to use biometric authentication such as facial or fingerprint recognition to access the license, the company said.
Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to launch Apple’s version of the digital license, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah next year, the governor’s office said.
The Transportation Security Administration plans to allow IDs to be used at designated security checkpoints at airports, the governor’s office said.
Other companies are also working to make digital IDs for smartphones, including IDEMIA, which launched mobile ID apps in three states this year and expects to launch another seven before the end of 2021.