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The iPhone’s Bubbly New Apple Wallet Feature: Adding a Digital Driver’s License in iOS 15



Apple ID scan and stored in iPhone Wallet

Apple’s Wallet app will be able to store driver’s licenses in iOS 15.

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In Apple’s vision of the future, you and I would leave our homes without a physical wallet. Instead, we walked out the front door with only the virtual wallets stored on our iPhones. We wouldn’t take keys with us either.

This week, Apple took major steps to make that possible, with the announcement on WWDC on Monday that your iPhone will contain digital versions of your house keys, hotel room keys, workplace IDs and *cue drumroll*: your driver’s license or other forms of government identification. All these changes are expected to come with iOS 15, which is expected to roll out sometime in the fall. (Here’s how to download the developer beta now.)

The digital driver’s license and other ID card is not a new idea. Google and chipmaker Qualcomm announced their project to save digital driver’s license in android phones way back in 2019 — but it looks like iPhones are going to start using the new feature first. Security and privacy issues are the biggest roadblocks and areas of greatest concern. Apple says it protects your IDs with the same technology and encryption that supports your credit cards in Apple Pay.

Once you’ve set up your driver’s license and other ID cards in iPhone, you can present your identification on your iPhone or Apple Watch at airport security (yes, it’s supported by the TSA on a state-by-state basis) and any other company that accepts the new technology as proof of identity.






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How to scan your driver’s license in your iPhone with iOS 15

We’ll know more about the exact steps to take once the public beta is ready. For now, we’ve combined instructions from Apple’s presentation and website with the current Wallet app on iPhone.

Step 1: Make sure the iPhone has iOS 15 installed (the public beta arrives in July, and people with developer accounts can download it now).

Step 2: Open the Apple Wallet app.

Step 3: Press + draw in the top right corner of the screen and tap the card type, for example identification card, hotel key, digital car key, public transport card and so on.

Step 4: Follow the on-screen prompts to scan your driver’s license or state ID using the iPhone’s camera and built-in scanner. For example, Apple recommends that you scan the front of your card first and make sure you’re in an area with a lot of bright light and a plain, dark background.

Step 5: After scanning your driver’s license or ID, the Wallet app will confirm when your identification is secure and ready to use.

When using the driver’s license in Apple Wallet, first open the app and select your ID. If it’s at a TSA security checkpoint at the airport, Apple has said it will show you the kind of information it will share, including your legal name, date of birth, ID number and photo, and expiration date.

As with your other sensitive payment cards, you’ll need to confirm the transfer of information through checkpoints with a pass from Face ID – or presumably your secure passcode, if you’re wearing a face mask or not using Face ID.

For more on iOS 15, here’s how Apple fixed it FaceTime’s Most Annoying Problem, how your family and friends can get you back in a locked iPhone, and how find your missing AirPods if you lose them.


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