Apple spends months testing its software releases before rolling them out to the public. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the updates are always complete when they first appear on our devices. For example, iOS 15 debuted in September alongside the iPhone 13, but there were several features that Apple had yet to implement. One of the more intriguing iOS 15 features was the ability to add a state ID or driver’s license to the Wallet app. Initially, Apple told us that the feature would be ready before the end of the year. Unfortunately, it has now been postponed to early 2022.
iOS 15: Driver’s license in Wallet postponed until 2022
On Tuesday, MacRumors saw the change on Apple’s website. If you go to Apple’s iOS 15 page or watchOS 8 page, you’ll see a note below the feature’s descriptions stating that it will be available in early 2022. MacRumors notes, the feature is currently not available in the latest iOS 15.2 beta. This probably means iOS 15.3 is the earliest we can expect.
“Add your ID to Wallet to use when you travel, starting in participating US states,” Apple writes on its website about the upcoming iOS 15 feature. “With a tap on your iPhone or paired Apple Watch, you can safely present your ID to quickly pass through TSA checkpoints. Showing your ID is easy and safe with Face ID or Touch ID. Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet make the most of the privacy and security built into iPhone and Apple Watch.”
On September 1, Apple announced that Arizona and Georgia would be the first US states to allow residents to add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch. Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will follow shortly after. Once they do, the TSA will enable selected checkpoints and lanes at participating airports.
How to use the upcoming iOS 15 feature
Once the feature rolls out in iOS 15, it will be easy to add a driver’s license or state ID to Wallet. To add an ID card, open the Wallet app on your iPhone or Apple Watch and tap the + button. Then choose the type of card you want to add. At this point, your iPhone will ask you to scan the license or state ID and take a selfie. Apple then sends it to the issuing state for verification. Finally, you will be asked to perform a series of facial and head movements. Once the issuing state verifies your identification, the driver’s license or state ID will appear in your Wallet app.
Apple also wants to make sure users know how seriously it takes security and privacy when dealing with ID cards. Here are some ways Apple keeps your cards safe:
- Apple and the issuing states do not know when and where users show their ID.
- Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet make the most of the privacy and security built into iPhone and Apple Watch. Customer identity data is encrypted and protected against manipulation and theft. Biometric authentication with Face ID and Touch ID ensures that only the person who added the ID to the device can view or present their ID or license in Wallet.
- Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet are presented digitally only via encrypted communication directly between the device and the identity reader, so users don’t have to unlock, show or hand over their device.
- If a user loses their iPhone or Apple Watch, they can use the Find My app to lock and help locate their device, or remotely wipe a device.
- Apple’s Mobile ID implementation supports the ISO 18013-5 mDL (mobile driver’s license) standard, which Apple has played an active role in developing and setting clear industry guidelines for protecting consumer privacy at presenting an ID or driver’s license by means of a mobile device.
Apple has not shared any specific information about the new release date. As soon as we know more, we’ll be sure to share it. In the meantime, keep your iPhone and Apple Watch up to date with the latest updates. Last week, Apple released iOS 15.1.1 to fix dropped call issues.