What you need to know
- Drivers in Maryland can now add their driver's license to the Wallet app on their iPhone and Apple Watch.
- Driver's licenses live in the Wallet app just like Apple Pay cards.
- Other states are set to come online in the future.
Drivers in Maryland can now take advantage of an iPhone feature that allows them to put their license into the Wallet app. That same feature is also available via the Apple Watch, too.
The feature, which first launched in Arizona in March, allows people to add their driver's license to the wallet app in a way that's similar to adding a card for Apple Pay. Adding a card is very similar — the process begins by tapping the '+' icon in the wallet app and following the on-screen instructions.
Those in Maryland can learn more about the feature on the local government's website.
Once added to the Wallet app, driver's licenses can be used at select TSA checkpoints and information is kept private, as you'd expect. The ability to add a driver's license to the Wallet app requires an iPhone 8 and iOS 15.4 or later or an Apple Watch Series 4 with watchOS 8.4 or later installed.
Being able to add cards and identification is one of the best Apple Watch features that people perhaps don't make enough use of — hopefully something as common as driver's licenses will help change that.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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