Apple’s Digital ID Solution Comes at a Cost

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By Sam Gazeley | 4Q 2021 | IN-6351


Is Apple's Solution All It Seems?


The digital driver’s license proposed by Apple, which is finding purchase in a number of US states, will potentially come at a cost to the citizen. Adding ID documents and driver's license to the Apple Wallet app is a new iOS 15 feature, with end-users able to tap their iPhone or Apple Watch on an ID reader at any TSA checkpoint, without requiring the physical credential.

Current plans permit citizens in eight US states to store state IDs and driver's licenses inside the Apple Wallet app on their iPhone. However, Apple will retain complete control over several features of the solution, while the states involved—Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah—will shoulder the expenditure as it relates to maintenance of the solution.

Details of the relationship between state government and Apple are as follows:

  • The digital ID must be offered to every new license holder or renewal at no extra cost to the person applying.
  • The solution must be promoted by states to agencies such as local law enforcement or any agency …

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