The TSA has been working with Apple and many states since last year to allow the use of digital versions of credentials in airport security lanes. Maryland is the second state to offer the choice. Residents of Arizona in March had the right to store copies of their IDs on their iPhone or Apple Watch and press the function to present their identity at TSA checkpoints at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Federal officials said the technology is only available to passengers on the TSA PreCheck lanes, but the service is working to extend the capacity to other passengers. TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the expansion was limited by availability Readers of “credential authentication technology” used by TSA officers at document checkpoints.
Washington Dallas International Airport does not have the technology to accept mobile driver’s licenses, Farbstein said.
DC is well on its way to issuing electronic versions of driver’s licenses
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The availability of mobile licenses and their acceptance as proof of identity marks a milestone, officials said, adding that the option would enhance security and privacy for identity holders, while providing a non-contact option at checkpoints.
“Maryland Mobile ID on Apple Wallet offers additional security and privacy benefits from physical status ID or driver’s license, because Maryland residents can control the personal information they share with others and use biometric Face ID or Touch ID to authorize it, “MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer said in a statement. He said the agency expects to increase the number of sites that accept mobile IDs.
More than 20 states have tested, tested or released digital versions of their licenses. Apple last year announced plans to release driver licenses and state IDs on the iPhone and Apple Watch as part of a partnership with several states, including Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah.
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The DC Council in December passed legislation that would allow the city to issue electronic driving licenses and IDs. Legislation will allow people to present their identity electronically, such as on a smartphone, instead of a physical credential, unless prohibited by federal law.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles said last fall that it was also trying to develop a mobile driver’s license, having successfully tested the use of digital credentials in 2016 and concluded that it was “technically possible” to provide the option.
In Maryland, residents with a valid state ID or license can opt in to the Apple Wallet mobile phone on an iPhone 8 or later or Apple Watch Series 4 or later, with the latest version of the operating software.
To sign up, users can press the “plus” button at the top of the screen in the Apple Wallet on their iPhone and select “Driver’s license or state ID” and follow the instructions, which include taking a photo of their ID and a header to send to the MVA for verification.
Even if they use their mobile ID at the airport, passengers will still need to carry their driver’s license or ID, the TSA said, noting that they could be asked to show their physical identity.