Apple delays digital driver’s license until 2022

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San Francisco: Apple has reportedly delayed the rollout of a new feature that would allow users to add their driver’s licenses or IDs to the Wallet app on iPhones until early 2022.

In an update to the official iOS 15 website, Apple said the functionality will now arrive sometime in early 2022. The company had previously planned to release it in late 2021, MacRumors reports.

Apple announced at WWDC 2021 that it is working with several states across the country, which will roll out the ability for their residents to seamlessly and securely add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet on their iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to introduce this new innovation to their residents, and Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will follow.

“Adding driver’s licenses and country IDs to Apple Wallet is an important step in our vision to replace a physical wallet with a mobile wallet that is secure and easy to use,” noted Jennifer Bailey, Vice President of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet.

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will enable airport-specific checkpoints and security lanes at participating airports as the first locations where customers can use their driver’s license or state ID in Wallet.

Designed with privacy at the fore, Wallet provides a more secure and convenient way for customers to present their driver’s licenses and status IDs on their iPhone or Apple Watch.


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