Apple on Wednesday revealed via press release that its new digital license technology can be used at TSA security checkpoints in Phoenix to start. The tech giant had announced this earlier in September of 2021, but no one knew when it would be released.
The state ID initiative is part of Apple’s push to turn its wallet app, built into its iPhones and Apple Watches, into a mainstream way to carry your identifications.
Apple says the new state ID will work just like a physical one, including at the TSA checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to start. Apple says its program relies on the same “secure element” hardware it’s designed for storing credit cards, biometrics and other sensitive data.
Apple said it will force users to complete a facial and head scan prior to adding the digital state ids on their wallet. Each state will also be responsible for verifying and approving the digital ids.
The new feature will be built into Apple’s iOS 15 software that powers the latest iPhones, was announced last summer and will soon be available in Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio and Puerto Rico “soon.”