Apple has updated its website to say that an upcoming iOS 15 and watchOS 8 feature that will let allow users to add their driver’s license or state ID to their iPhone and Apple Watch in certain U.S. states has been delayed until early 2022. The feature had been expected to launch in late 2021.
In September, Apple announced that Arizona and Georgia would be the first states to introduce the feature to residents, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah to follow.
Select TSA security checkpoints in participating U.S. airports will be the first locations where customers can show their mobile driver’s license or state ID in the Wallet app. More information will be shared at a later date as to when and where mobile driver’s licenses and IDs will be supported.
Once a participating state begins offering this capability to its residents, customers will be able to add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet and simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to present it to the TSA, without taking out their physical card or handing over their device.
Apple is already in discussions with many more U.S. states as part of its plan to offer the feature nationwide in the future, says Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet.
Apple has not provided a specific release date for the feature beyond the early 2022 timeframe.