iPhone Driver's License Feature in Wallet App Now Available in Maryland

Maryland residents can now add their driver's license or state ID to the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch, providing a convenient and contactless way to display proof of identity or age. The feature first launched in Arizona back in March.

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When the feature launched in Arizona, Apple said additional U.S. states would offer driver's licenses and state IDs in the Wallet app soon, including Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, and Ohio, as well as the territory of Puerto Rico. Apple also previously announced that Georgia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Utah planned to offer the feature to residents, but it is unclear when each state plans to roll out the functionality.

To add an ID to the iPhone, Maryland residents can tap the "+" button in the top-right corner of the Wallet app and follow the on-screen instructions.

The feature is available in the U.S. only and requires an iPhone 8 or later running iOS 15.4 or later, or an Apple Watch Series 4 or later running watchOS 8.4 or later. Apple has yet to indicate whether the feature will launch in additional countries in the future.

For now, IDs in the Wallet app can only be presented at select TSA checkpoints at select U.S. airports, with Apple advising travelers to check TSA checkpoint signage to confirm availability. Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration said residents must continue to carry their physical driver's license or ID card with them, and noted that law enforcement will not accept Maryland driver's licenses or IDs in the Wallet app at this time.

After a driver's license or ID has been added to the Wallet app, users can simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch on an identity reader at a TSA checkpoint, without taking out their physical card. Users will see a prompt on their device displaying the specific information being requested by the TSA, and only after authorizing with Face ID or Touch ID is the requested identity information released from their device, according to Apple.

Users do not need to unlock, show, or hand over their device to a TSA officer to present their mobile driver's license or ID, according to Apple.

Apple said the feature is designed with privacy and security in mind. When adding an ID to the Wallet app, users are required to take a photo of their face, which will be securely provided to the issuing state for verification. Users are also prompted to complete a series of facial and head movements during the setup process.

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jashworth03 Avatar
27 months ago

Right. Get pulled over, reach for your phone, and get shot because the officer thinks you're reaching for a gun.
You get pulled over and start reaching for anything in your car without telling the officer or asking for permission - you are asking for issues.

It's really not that hard. Respect the officers position and do everything you can to keep yourself and the officer safe. Ex - My registration is in my glovebox, is it ok if I reach over for it? My drivers license is digital and on my phone. My phone is in the center console - is it ok if I grab it out of there?
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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
27 months ago
Waiting for Las Vegas, Nevada.

I don't like the fact it's such a slow roll out. I guess there is alot of regulations that Apple has to comply and go through. I'm glad, Apple is working on it though.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RadioHedgeFund Avatar
27 months ago
Who in their right mind would hand their iPhone over to a state trooper for them to take away?!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bommai Avatar
27 months ago

Who in their right mind would hand their iPhone over to a state trooper for them to take away?!
I don’t think it is intended for handing over. At least the Florida app has a QR code that law enforcement have to read using their device.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
J InTech82 Avatar
27 months ago

Who in their right mind would hand their iPhone over to a state trooper for them to take away?!
This has been discussed ad nausea. You don't hand your phone away, you simply unlock it, hold the device and they scan it.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ds10 Avatar
27 months ago
Right. Get pulled over, reach for your phone, and get shot because the officer thinks you're reaching for a gun.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)