New Florida Digital ID Pilot Being Tested

In an attempt to modernize the world of state issued identification cards, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is launching a new digital driver’s license pilot program called the Florida Smart ID. This new ID format is based on your physical identification card, which is scanned and verified by Florida Smart ID Verifier app. 

After downloading and authenticating their digital ID, Floridians will easily be able to launch the Florida Smart ID app, select the type of verification needed, and display a specific QR code or barcode that can be scanned. This feature also helps to protect information by only displaying pertinent information for the venue a person is trying to enter. 

Please note, at this time, it is not a replacement for the physical driver’s license, so Floridians will still need the physical copy in their possession when driving. Stay tuned for more exciting updates on this pilot program. 

California Set to Release Digital ID Pilot

California is set to release another new ID pilot, this time in the form of a digital ID. A lot is still unclear about the specifics but we do know a few things. First and most importantly, nobody will be forced into participation in this pilot program. Volunteers will be included in the trial, and only 0.5% of California’s licensed drivers will be allowed to participate. The hopeful start date is 2023, but there has been no official timeline mentioned as of yet. 

The exciting new features of this ID type include the ability to pick and choose which bits of your personal information you share based on what is needed at your location. In the past, you just had to hand over your entire ID and trust that someone isn’t going to steal other pertinent information from it upon checking it, but now Californians will have the upper hand. Based on the venue, you select what information you want shown, and only the required information will be displayed to the individual scanning.

Stay tuned for more information, hopefully coming soon, on the highly anticipated California Digital ID Pilot Program. 

Arizona Issues New Digital ID

Earlier this year, Apple announced that Arizona would be the first state ever to offer a digital version of the state issued driver’s license in the Apple Wallet for iPhone or Apple Watch. This new ID format is especially beneficial for those traveling, because you will no longer have to present your physical Arizona while going through TSA, so long as you refer to TSA signage to ensure you’re in a location that accepts the new identification method. 

To get your Arizona 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, Arizonans can add the new Mobile ID by tapping the plus (+) button at the top right corner of the wallet app. From there, scan your Arizona 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.

For now, the new digital ID will only be accepted at select checkpoints in the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, so people are still encouraged to carry their physical ID, especially when driving, so that it may be used in the event of a traffic stop or car accident. Some businesses may also be unable or unaware of how to scan the digital ID seeing as the technology is so new. 

Maryland Releases New Digital ID

Maryland just released a new digital ID format called the Maryland Mobile ID for iPhone and Apple Watch users, with an Android version coming soon. 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. 

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.