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