After announcing news on the app Portfolio (“old one” Wallet) at WWDC21, Apple today detailed that the US states do Arizona and of the Georgia will be the first to support drivers’ licenses and IDs on devices starting with iOS 15. According to the company, six other US states will offer the function soon (Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah).
In a statement, Apple said the security points of the Transport Safety Administration (Transportation Security Administration, TSA) at participating airports will be the initial locations where users can present documents on the iPhone or Apple Watch.
The company also said the feature was designed with privacy and security in mind. As we’ve already explained, when adding a driver’s license or ID to the Wallet app, users will need to take a face photo, which will be securely sent to the issuing state for verification.
As an added measure, Apple stated that users will be asked to perform a series of facial and head movements during the registration process, much like setting up Face ID.
When you bring your device closer to a reader, you will see a window similar to the one we see in an App Store purchase confirmation displaying the detailed information being requested by TSA.
Only after authorization, with Face ID or Touch ID, they will be released from the device, according to Apple. Users do not need to unlock, show or even hand over the device to a security officer to present the documents.
Negotiations with other American states are already underway. Jennifer Bailey (Vice President of Apple Pay at Wallet) stated that the company aims to offer the feature nationwide in the future, but has not set any deadline.
Apple also said that the implementation of this new feature supports the American standard ISO 18013-5, which defines the privacy guidelines for presenting an identification document via a mobile device.
Even so, adding the documents to the Wallet will be an iOS 15-only feature, and it won’t be available right after the system launch — just like other features. The Apple had already stated that this feature will come “until the end of this year”.
Are there any chances for the technology to reach Brazil? Let’s hope so! 🤞🏼