Maryland residents can now add driver’s licenses to Apple Wallet

Maryland residents can now use Apple Wallet on and . Users will be able to verify their identity digitally, although use cases for the Maryland Mobile ID program are limited at this time.

Right now, credentials in Wallet are only really useful at certain Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at select US airports. When a TSA agent asks you for identification, you can view the requested information and then tap your phone or smartwatch against a reader.

Apple says it designed the feature with an emphasis on security and privacy, in part because you won’t need to present the physical version of your ID. You will need to use Face ID or Touch ID to authorize verification and your device will only share the necessary information from your stored identification.

As it currently stands, law enforcement will not accept driver’s licenses or any other ID presented in Wallet, as Remarks. Residents of the State Motor Vehicle Administration cannot rely solely on Maryland Mobile ID – they will always need to carry their physical license or ID card. Eventually, the agency noted, any business, government entity, or law enforcement agency in Maryland will be able to verify someone’s identity with credentials stored in .

Maryland is only the second state so far to enable the feature. in March. pledged to support the technology, including Georgia, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Connecticut and Utah.

The first 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’re eligible, you can add an ID by tapping the plus sign in the Wallet app and following the prompts.

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