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Florida Pledges to Bring State ID to Apple’s Wallet App

Florida could be one of the first states in the United States to support digital ID.

As reported by Florida Politics, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced that residents could soon upload a digital copy of their driver’s license to an app as early as next month.

In an update to a Senate panel on Tuesday, FLHSMV officials said the Florida Smart-ID app was already live but not accessible to the public. The department is on schedule to put the public digital ID on the Apple App Store and Android Google Play store in mid-November.

Senate Transportation Committee chair Gayle Harrell called smartphones a wonderful tool for digital driver’s licenses and other identifications. The state began the process of developing digital driving licenses in 2014.

“We have all of these instruments in our pockets,” Harrell said. “They have become our way of life, our lifeline, really, for the world.”

FLHSMV Director of Motorist Modernization Terrence Samuel also revealed that the state is working with Apple to bring its digital credentials to the iPhone Wallet app.

Florida was excluded from a recent list of states that Apple has partnered with for Digital Wallet IDs, regarding Harrell. Samuel was surprised that the state was not on the list, but the department has now exchanged information with Apple in hopes of being added to the list of partners.

“There is nothing that we see that would stop us from being on the list,” Samuel said.

Apple announced that it is looking to bring credentials to the Wallet app at WWDC in June. The move would allow people to store a digital version of their driver’s license that could be used instead of a physical version. The company said the TSA will be one of the first places to accept digital ID and states will be added one by one.

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