State of digital ID in Maryland
Maryland releases new digital ID format called the Maryland Mobile ID for iPhone and Apple Watch users, as well as Android users. This new ID format is especially beneficial for those traveling because you will no longer have to present your physical Maryland ID while going through TSA.
Digital ID for Maryland in Phone Wallet
To present your ID during the security checkpoint, passengers simply need to tap their iPhone or Apple Watch and the ID will show up in the same section where you can already store credit cards, tickets, etc. (your Apple Wallet). Passengers can just hold the phone or watch near the TSA’s Credential Authentication Technology reader and the encrypted data will be read and transmitted to the TSA agent for quick, secure identification.
All that being said, you should still carry your physical ID for now during your travels, and during your other adventures around Maryland. Currently law enforcement does not accept Maryland Mobile ID, and local establishments may or may not be aware of how to use/process the new ID format.
To get your Maryland Mobile ID set up, you must first make sure you meet the technical requirements of an iPhone 8 or newer, and an Apple Watch Series 4 or newer. You must also have the latest iOS versions downloaded for both your phone and watch, two-factor authentication must be on, and you must be signed in with your Apple ID with your location set. Your physical ID card should also be clear and easily readable. If you meet the aforementioned requirements, Marylanders can add the new Mobile ID by tapping the plus (+) button at the top right corner of the wallet app. From there, scan your Maryland ID, take a series of photos so that your identity can be verified, then submit your Mobile ID for verification. Once the state approves the ID, it will be added to your Apple Wallet.