If you’re an iPhone or Apple Watch owner, you’ll soon be able to experience a more convenient security experience at the airport. The TSA just announced plans to accept digital copies of driver’s licenses at security checkpoints at participating airports.
Which States will offer digital driver’s licenses at airports?
The new policy will roll out in 8 states to start – beginning with Arizona and Georgia, and then Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah. Residents will be permitted to present a digital copy of their ID. THis new policy aims to usher in a more seamless, touchless airport experience for travelers.
How will it work?
To add your ID to Apple Wallet, you’ll scan your physical driver’s license or state ID card and take a selfie, which will be sent to the issuing state for further verification. A prompt will then guide you through a series of facial and head movements to complete verification.
Once you’re verified, you’ll be able to “tap” your iPhone or Apple Watch at an identity reader at airport checkpoints. Then, you’ll simply use Face ID or Touch ID to complete the verification process. At no time will you be asked to produce your physical driver’s license.
Will other states implement?
If the initial rollout goes well, expect other states to follow suit. No more fumbling through your bag to find your ID or worry that you’ve left it at home. What do you think? Are you likely to take advantage of the new technology? Let us know what you think in the comments below!