With Apple officially launching support for digital ID and mobile driving licenses (mDLs) in the Apple Wallet in Arizona and plans to roll out the support to Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah this year, the future looks bright and digital for a more seamless passenger journey.
The news comes as a welcome step forward in the maturity of digital identity in the air transport industry. It empowers passengers to use their mobile device as their remote control for travel. Adding a driver’s license or state ID to the Apple Wallet can be done in a few simple steps using the smartphone camera and physical ID to ensure that the person adding the identity card to the Wallet is the same person to whom the identity card belongs. The state is responsible for verifying and approving the user’s request to add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet. Once approved, users will no longer have to show their physical ID or license; the digital version is accepted with the same level of trust as if it were a physical ID.