Florida is the next U.S. state to allow digital driver’s license on iPhone and Apple Watch

Florida looks to be the next U.S. state to allow users to add their digital driver’s license to their iPhone. Even those who’ve settled for pretend iPhones will be able to participate.

Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Apple Wallet provide an easy, fast, and more secure way for people to present their driver’s license or state ID from their iPhone or Apple Watch.
Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Apple Wallet provide an easy, fast, and more secure way for people to present their driver’s license or state ID from their iPhone or Apple Watch.

Apple in September announced that it is working with several states across the country, which will roll out the ability for their residents to seamlessly and securely add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet on their iPhone and Apple Watch. Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to introduce this new innovation to their residents, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Utah, and, now, according to a new report, Florida to follow. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will enable select airport security checkpoints and lanes in participating airports as the first locations customers can use their driver’s license or state ID in Wallet.

Renzo Downey for Florida Politics:

Floridians could start downloading an app for digital driver’s licenses next month, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

In an update before a Senate panel Tuesday, FLHSMV officials said the Florida Smart-ID app is already live but not available to the public. The department is on schedule to put the digital ID public on the Apple App Store and Android Google Play store in mid-November.

Senate Transportation Committee Chair Gayle Harrell called smartphones a marvelous tool for digital driver’s licenses and other identifications… Furthermore, he said the department is working with Apple to also make the system available on the Apple Wallet.

Florida was left off a recent list of states Apple is partnering with for Wallet digital IDs, concerning Harrell. Samuel was surprised the state wasn’t on the list, but the department has now exchanged information with Apple in the hopes of getting added to the list of partners.

MacDailyNews Take: Welcome to Apple Wallet, soon, Florida!

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[Attribution: macRumors. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

10 Comments

  1. The official, whatever kind, takes one’s phone back to their car/office to confirm ID. Is it just the ID info that’s accessible? I need not this “feature” if other info is accessible to the “official.”

    1. … or if it breaks, or you leave it behind because the phone does not fit anywhere on your person, for so many reasons.

      another move to being forever tethered to your phone….

      1. going are the days when you can carry just your essentials… one id and one credit card, etc. and be free to to so many things… go to the beach, jog, swim in pools, lakes, oceans, ride amusement park rides, etc

  2. Interesting most of the states on the list have red governors and now Florida with the most expert handling of Covid and the best governor in the U.S..

    The RED Neo Progressives are leading the way…

  3. I really haven’t seen articles on how companies are working to accept the digital DL at various places, like a bar that wants to verify your age or hospital shat simply wants to verify you, The closest thing today is scanning your card but the computer, leaving it to a computer clerk.

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