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Eight states will be rolling out a feature that will allow users to add a driver’s license and state ID to the Apple Wallet for iPhone and Apple Watch for use during security screening at participating airports, Apple announced on Wednesday.
Arizona and Georgia are the first states to take the role, and Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah will follow, although the company has not given a schedule.
The news comes just months after Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June that it was working with the Transportation Security Administration on the feature. The update is a critical step in Apple’s plan to replace physical wallets and will add convenience to travelers looking for a touch-free airport experience, the company said.
Adding IDs to the Wallet app works similarly to uploading credit cards and train tickets, Apple said. Once users have scanned the ID, they will also be prompted to make facial and head movements as an added security measure.
After tapping their mobile ID on badge readers in airports, users need to approve a note from the TSA with Face ID or Touch ID. Customer data are “encrypted and protected from manipulation and theft” and the ID can only be viewed by the owner.
Apple is currently offering mobile student ID cards that allow people to access campus buildings and make purchases without a physical card, a feature that was rolled out to other universities in the US and Canada this summer.
The new ID feature will be available with an iPhone software update to be released this fall.