Apple recently updated the iOS 15 presentation page on its official website, which lists all the news by doing slip early next year the availability in the USA of the new function that will allow you to bring both identity documents and driving licenses to Wallet. Previously, the release of this feature it was expected by the end of 2021.
In recent weeks, through a press release, Apple had stated that Arizona and Georgia would have been the first to offer this possibility to their residents in the United States, followed by Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah. Many others, including Florida, were still in talks but the intentions are nonetheless to extend to the whole country.
At the moment, Apple hasn’t defined a specific release date, and the feature isn’t even present in the latest iOS 15.2 beta yet. Probably it will start with the first beta of iOS 15.3. Furthermore, there is currently no news regarding the expansion of this possibility to other countries as well.
The documents in digital version on Wallet can initially be used in some American airports through checkpoints and special lanes enabled by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
After tapping the identity reader with their iPhone or Apple Watch, users will see a message showing the required information. Only after authorization via Face ID or Touch IDJust like a payment, identity information will be released from the device, without the need to unlock, show or hand the device to security officers.
Also adding a document to Wallet is similar to that of a credit card: just tap the + button at the top of the screen in Wallet, scan the document with the camera and take a selfie for authentication.
As an additional safety step, you will also be required to complete a series of face and head movements during the setup process. Once everything has been verified by the issuing state, the identity card or driver’s license will be added to Wallet. All identity data is encrypted, protected and support the ISO 18013-5 mDL standard.
Biometric authentication via Face ID and Touch ID ensures that only the person who added the documents can view or show them. In case of loss, you can use the Where is app to remotely locate or initialize your iPhone or Apple Watch.