Digital Verification

Digital Verification Now Possible in Arizona

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iPhone users with an Arizona driver’s license or state ID can now upload them to their Apple Wallet and present them using their iPhone or Apple Watch at select Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This is the first time a US state has supported digital versions of identification. 

But the residents will still need their physical IDs to fly home when traveling to a state not accredited in the Apple program. Right now, only Arizona is included in the program. 

Physical IDs are also still needed to, for example, enter a bar, get documents notarized, or show law enforcement. However, Apple has previously announced that it is experimenting with ways that people can use digital verification in the future.

Apple hinted last year that it was working with several states on the digital verification initiative, including Georgia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah. The initiative was supposed to launch last year, but the company told CNN Business that it necessitated a more complicated process to implement and that they are working on making it available as soon as possible.

On Wednesday, Apple announced plans to introduce the feature to Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, and Puerto Rico.

Digital verification is part of Apple’s thrust into enhancing its digital Wallet. The company already offers digital credit cards, movie tickets, car keys, boarding passes, and gift cards, which all offer convenience and push iOS users into its ecosystem of services.

The user will have to take a selfie to authenticate the ID after scanning and uploading a picture of their license or their state ID card and complete facial and head movements — not different from how Face ID is activated. Apple explained that the upload would be “securely provided” to the state for verification.

Users can tap their iPhone or Apple Watch on the identity reader at the security checkpoint once activated and approved, and the agent will see the information required to fly. It works similarly to how people use the Wallet to make purchases at card readers.

The TSA will request specific information that will reflect on the user’s iPhone or Apple Watch. The user will have the option to provide that information with Face ID or Touch ID. The information is shared digitally, so users do not need to show or give their devices to TSA officials.

Apple previously said information on the IDs is “encrypted and protected against tampering and theft.” Biometric authentication is also used to ensure the proper person is using the phone or watch.

Driver’s license and state ID support on Apple Wallet is available on iPhone 8 or later running iOS 15.4, and Apple Watch Series 4 or later running watchOS 8.4 or later.


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Allison Corrigan

I’m Allison and I am human rights activist and LGBTQIA+ defender. I finished my degree graduate studies on Public Administration and I spend most of my free time in contributing written works about community development, public administration and lifestyle.

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