Three states let you go through TSA using only your Apple Wallet to verify your driver’s license.
While traveling can be fun, getting to your destination may not always be, especially if you need to fly there. With the hassle of checking your bags and going through winding security lines, you might be downright exhausted by the time you arrive at your gate. One thing that makes traveling easier is storing a digital copy of your driver’s license or state ID on your iPhone or Apple Watch to help you breeze through security. However, this perk is currently only allowed in three states.
If you live in Arizona, Maryland, or Colorado, here’s how to make your next pass through a TSA checkpoint much easier.
If the method above is not working for you, you have three options.
|Contact information||Maryland Department of Transportation||Arizona Department of Transportation||Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles|
|List of physical locations||https://mva.maryland.gov/locations/Pages/mvabranchesandveiplocations.aspx||https://azdot.gov/motor-vehicles/mvd-hours-and-locations||https://dmv.colorado.gov/locations|
To view the information on your driver’s license, first tap the “Info button,” then on a lowercase “i,” and then “Driver’s License Info.” Authenticate, and you’ll be able to see your license information in your Apple Wallet.
According to the TSA, only Colorado,2 Arizona,3 and Maryland4 allow you to add your driver’s license to your Apple Wallet to use for identification at the following airports:
As of April 2023, you can only use the driver’s license in your Apple Wallet to go through security at the above airports.
Because you need to authenticate with biometrics like Touch ID or Face ID to gain access to the app, putting your driver’s license in your Apple Wallet is highly secure. Plus, when you go through TSA, you won’t have to hand over your device to anyone. Instead, simply show your screen with the device locked. The information in the ID is encrypted between your device and the identity reader.
Unfortunately, you do still need to carry a physical driver’s license while going through TSA. However, you may or may not be asked to show it, so there’s a chance the digital version will be sufficient.
Next time you go to the airport, bring both physical and digital copies of your driver’s license.
While the use of driver’s licenses in Apple Wallets is still extremely limited in the U.S., there is hope that will change as more states allow their airports to accept it as a form of identification. Until then, if you’re one of the lucky ones who live in Colorado, Arizona, or Maryland, using your Apple Wallet as ID can save you time (and stress) when going through airport security.
Add your driver’s license or state ID to Apple Wallet. Apple Support. (2023).
Colorado ID on iPhone and Apple Watch. Colorado Department of Revenue. (2023).
Applewallet. Arizona Department of Transportation. (2023).
Maryland Mobile ID. Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration. (2023).
Biometric and Digital Identity Solutions For TSA PreCheck® Members. Transportation Security Admnistration. (2023).