iPhone Driver's License Feature Slow to Expand, Only Available in Three States

In 2021, Apple introduced a feature that lets residents of participating U.S. states add their driver's license or ID to the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch, providing a convenient and contactless way to display proof of identity or age.

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Unfortunately, states have been slow to adopt the feature since it was first announced in September 2021, with Wallet app IDs only supported in Arizona, Colorado, and Maryland so far. Apple shared a list of additional states committed to supporting the feature in the future, but none of the states in the list have revealed any plans yet.

Which U.S. states support the feature?

Which U.S. states are committed to supporting the feature?

In March 2022, Apple said the additional nine states listed below would "soon" allow residents to add their driver's license or state ID to the Wallet app, but it's unclear exactly when each state plans to roll out support for the feature.

  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Utah

Apple said the feature would also be supported in Puerto Rico.

In 2021, Apple Wallet VP Jennifer Bailey said the company was "already in discussions with many more states" and working to offer the feature nationwide in the future. Apple has yet to announce any plans to expand the feature to other countries.

Note that some states like Florida and Louisiana offer iPhone driver's licenses through their own state-operated apps, separate from this Wallet app feature.

Where can IDs in the Wallet app be used?

Apple Wallet ID TSA
Driver's licenses and state ID cards stored in the Wallet app can currently be used at select TSA checkpoints within select U.S. airports:

  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)

Apple says travelers should refer to TSA checkpoint signage to confirm availability of the feature.

For more details about IDs in the Wallet app, read our previous coverage.

Top Rated Comments

TheLisnakFactor Avatar
15 months ago
This is just so disappointing. I've been looking forward to it. I am down to carrying three things on me at all times - a credit card, a debit card and an ID. I would love to carry less and this would be a big push in that direction! Great technology. Needs more adoption.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrat93 Avatar
15 months ago
I know that it’s just a start, but still weird for me that the only place to use this is airports. You still need a physical ID for your return trip if you’re not traveling between AZ, CO, or MD. I feel like this is hardly convenient.

I’ll be much more excited for this when I don’t need to carry my physical license when driving within my state, at least.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RevTEG Avatar
15 months ago

Europe, Poland. I carry around only iPhone here.
Apple Pay works everywhare, havent used cash for ages.
ID, Driver's license, and other documents in APP.
I wonder why USA is so slow with this stuff.
Many people from the States, including myself, love to think we are the most advanced country in the world. While I love the US, I’ve traveled enough to know we are far behind the technology curve. Many countries across Asia and Europe are far more technologically advanced at least on an application level.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vegetassj4 Avatar
15 months ago
If it can't be used in lieu of my physical license, no thanks.



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Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anson42 Avatar
15 months ago
Is this a surprise? Trying to get all the state and local governments to make anything happen is nigh impossible. Consider the various technologies in use or the politics at play or the funding available or perceived value, etc.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dannyyankou Avatar
15 months ago
Supposedly New York is working on their own digital ID. I'd rather they spend their money on other things, but that's just me.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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