Maryland residents can now access Apple Wallet on and . Users there can digitally verify their identity, although there are currently limited use cases for the Maryland Mobile ID program.
Currently IDs in Wallet are only really useful at certain Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at some US airports. If asked for ID by a TSA agent, you can verify the requested information and then hold your phone or smartwatch against a reader.
Apple says it developed the feature with a focus on security and privacy, partly because you don’t have to present the physical version of your ID. You must use Face ID or Touch ID to authorize verification, and your device will only share the required information from your stored identification.
As of today, law enforcement agencies do not accept driver’s licenses or other forms of identification presented in Wallet Remarks. The country’s motor vehicle administration Residents can’t just rely on Maryland Mobile ID—they still need to carry their physical driver’s license or ID card. Eventually, the agency noted, any business, government agency, or law enforcement agency in Maryland will be able to verify an individual’s identity using IDs stored in .
Maryland is only the second state to enable this feature. March. have pledged to support the technology including Georgia, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Connecticut and Utah.
The earliest devices to support digital IDs in wallet are iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 4, which must be running at least iOS 15.4 or watchOS 8.4. If you are eligible, you can add an ID by tapping the plus sign in the Wallet app and following the instructions.
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