Maryland residents will now be able to store their driver’s license or state ID in the Apple Wallet app, Apple announced today. The state is now the second state in the US to support the new feature, after debuting in Arizona March. Once loaded into Apple Wallet, Marylanders will be able to present their ID with their iPhone or Apple Watch to select TSA Security checkpoints at local airports.
Initially, TSA Security checkpoints at a/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) will support these new digital IDs.
To get started with loading a supported ID into the Apple Wallet app, Maryland residents will first tap the “+” plus button at the top of the screen in the iPhone app, then select “Driver’s License or State ID bang” and follow the on-screen instructions to begin the setup and verification process. The person is verified by taking a selfie, then scanning both the back and front of their existing driver’s license or state identification card.
There’s also an extra fraud prevention step that requires users to complete a series of facial and head movements during setup. The app will show a camera view where the user needs to turn his head to the side. This is a common way that digital services verify a person is indeed real and that the user has not held up a photo to the camera in an attempt to commit fraud.
Like Apple before explain, these scans and user photos are securely provided to the issuing state for verification. Apple also sends a digital indicator of their trust that the person presenting the ID is the owner of the ID. It does not send video of a person moving their head, as was requested during the verification process.
This entire approval process usually takes just a few minutes, and users will be notified when their ID is available in Wallet, similar to how you are notified after adding a new credit card.
The ID can then be used at supported TSA checkpoints on an iPhone or Apple Watch through the new identity reader. After authorization using Face ID or Touch ID, the requested information is released from the device in digital form. Users do not have to hand over their phone or watch to a TSA dealer.
“Maryland is proud to once again be at the forefront of secure innovation with the implementation of Maryland Mobile ID in Apple Wallet,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said in a statement. declare about the launch. “As we look to the future, we are committed to increasing convenience and accessibility while maintaining the highest safety and security standards for our state and citizens.”
The press release notes that Maryland Mobile ID, as the state is calling the new digital ID, is a unique form of mobile phone-based identification issued by the MDOT MVA. Digital ID is also only available to individuals with a current, valid Maryland-issued driver’s license or ID and is intended as a companion to a plastic or plastic driver’s license – not for replacement. In other words, this feature will not allow Marylanders to skip the trip to their local MDOT MVA office to get a permit or ID.
According to MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer, the state expects the number of places that accept this mobile ID to increase over time, but for now, select TSA checkpoints are the only places it can be. use.