Many Floridians will soon be able to leave home with just their iPhone… no wallet necessary. Florida is working with Apple to display its residents’ digital driver’s licenses in the Wallet app.
When the feature becomes available, residents of the Sunshine State plus eight other states will be able to store and display digital versions of their driver’s licenses on their iPhone and Apple Watch.
Florida driver’s licenses go digital
A Florida Smart-ID app will debut in the App Store and Google Play in November. But the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles isn’t stopping there. “The department is working with Apple to also make the system available on the Apple Wallet,” reported Florida Politics.
Florida wasn’t part of Apple’s recent announcement of the first eight states getting this feature, but “there’s nothing that we see that would prevent us from being on the list,” said FLHSMV motorist modernization director Terrence Samuel.
Your iPhone can soon replace your wallet
With Apple Pay, an iPhone or Apple Watch can act as your credit card. But most people still have to carry around a physical driver’s license. A digital version of the license would remove this requirement.
And the Wallet app will let users provide only the necessary information. For example, they will be able to prove they’re old enough to drink alcohol without having to show their name and home address.
This is a new feature of iOS 15 and watchOS 8.
Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to introduce this new innovation to their residents, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah to follow. And Florida, of course.