How can you get a mobile driver’s license?
Similar to physical cards that arrive in the mail, mobile driver’s licenses will be issued by your state. Each state will have a different process for uploading and storing a mobile driver’s license based on policies written in their legislature.
“Most, if not all, states are interested in a digital credential,” McCaskill says. “But many states are in different places on their roadmap to creating digital credentials.”
What states have a mobile or digital ID?
In March 2022, Arizona became the first state to accept mobile driver’s licenses and IDs through the Apple Wallet app on iPhones and Apple Watches. This means that Arizonans can store their identification on their phones and theoretically present it at banks, bars, and certain airports—depending at the moment on who is a participating party.
Other states in the West working on projects include Utah, which has a pilot program, and California, where lawmakers have proposed the idea.
TSA also began testing digital IDs at select pilot checkpoints in early 2022. The participating airports in the West are:
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona
- Harry Reid International Airport in Nevada
- Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport in Northern California.
More establishments beyond the airport will likely begin accepting mobile forms of ID as state agencies and businesses lay the foundation through legislation and technology.
“Anywhere you use your physical [ID] today, you must and shall be able to use your digital credential tomorrow,” McCaskill says. “Is that true today, no. However, that is the goal.”