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US states will accept driver’s licenses on iPhones

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Apple has announced that eight US states will accept driver’s licenses and other state IDs stored on an iPhone.

The feature, first announced at a presentation in June, lets iPhone users store IDs in the Wallet app.

Some had expressed privacy concerns about handing over smartphones to police or security officials.

US states will accept driver's licenses on iPhones

US states will accept driver’s licenses on iPhones

Apple now says users do not need to unlock or hand over their phones for the system to work for airport security.

But it remains unclear if or how it might eventually work for other uses of ID, such as drivers stopped by police.

Arizona and Georgia will introduce the system first, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah also signed up.

The “first locations” to use the system will be airport security checkpoints run by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Apple says.

Americans usually need some form of state ID only to travel by air domestically, unlike other countries, in which a passport is widely used.



Tapping a phone at an identity reader at supported airports will prompt passengers to use their Face ID or fingerprint to authorize sending information to the machine.

“Users do not need to unlock, show, or hand over their device to present their ID,” Apple said.

TSA administrator David Pekoske said the new system “will enable a more seamless airport security screening experience”.

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