Apple finally launches digital ID cards in first US state

The news: After announcing the feature many months ago at WWDC 2021, the rollout of digital ID cards in iOS 15 has officially begun.

  • Users in Arizona can now add their Driver’s License or State ID to Apple Wallet…but there’s a catch: you can only use it at TSA security checkpoints in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as of right now
  • Many states are to follow: Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio and the territory of Puerto Rico along with Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah

Sam’s take: I’m incredibly excited for this to roll out nationwide, but is anyone else confused as to why this is so limited in its current state? Listen, I just flew over the weekend, and it would’ve been incredible to use this instead of my physical card. But I had assumed that digital ID integration meant this would work in most or all case scenarios where you’d need to present your ID. Not only at TSA in an airport… I have no doubt it’ll expand to more interactions in the future, but right now most folks won’t ever be able to use this.