Arizonians can now use their iPhone or Apple Watch to present their IDs to the TSA at the airport — see how it works

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  • Apple launched the first ID in Wallet with Arizona on Wednesday, with 12 more states and territories to soon follow.

  • The new tech allows users to add a digital driver's license or state ID to the Wallet app and use it at airports.

  • Travelers can present their ID on their iPhone or Apple Watch instead of handing over a physical card.

Arizonians will no longer have to present their physical ID to TSA agents when passing through select security checkpoints at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

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Instead, passengers now have the option to use Apple's brand new digital ID technology.

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On Wednesday, the tech giant revealed Arizona is the first state to allow residents to add their driver's license or photo ID to Apple's Wallet app.

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This will ensure "an easy, secure, and private way" to present the ID to security agents at the airport.

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To set this up, iPhone users can navigate to the Wallet app and click the + button at the top of the screen. Then, select "Driver's License or State ID" and follow the on-screen steps for creating a digital card.

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This includes scanning the front and back of the ID…

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…and taking a selfie to match the user's face to the photo on file with the issuing state's motor department.

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From there, the card can be added to both an iPhone and Apple Watch, or just the phone.

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To use the tech at the airport, travelers will simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to the identity readers at participating checkpoints.

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Their device will then indicate what information is requested from the TSA, in this case, a state ID. Then, they can consent to provide it via Face or Touch ID.

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The innovative tech negates the need for travelers to unlock their phone or present a physical ID card because it is digitally presented via "encrypted communication directly between the device and the identity reader."

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However, the TSA will record a picture of the passenger "for verification purposes" when Wallet is used.

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According to Apple, only requested information is shared with the TSA, and customers can "review and authorize" the information before it is transmitted.

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Moreover, because the ID is activated with Touch or Face ID, only the person who loaded the driver's license or state ID into Wallet can view or present it.

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If the user's iPhone or Apple Watch is lost, they can use the "Find My" app to locate it or wipe the device remotely.

Find My app.
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The ID in Wallet is only available on iPhone models 8 or newer running iOS 15.4, and Apple Watch Series 4 or newer running watchOS 8.4 or later, Apple said.

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As of Wednesday, Arizona is the only state with the Wallet option currently available.

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However, 12 other states and territories have also signed up for the new tech, including Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, and Utah.

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