Arizona issues new digital ID

Arizona ID inside Apple Wallet

State of digital ID in Arizona

Arizona offers a mobile drivers license via the Apple Wallet. Arizona residents now have the option to add a companion Arizona digital ID in addition to their physical ID.

Digital ID for Arizona in Apple Wallet

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. 

As of May 2023, the Arizona Motor Vehicles Division has announced a pilot program to begin accepting digital IDs at their Scottsdale location. The Scottsdale MVD will allow users to check in by tapping their mobile devices on the digital ID reader.

Other Arizona mDL resources

Arizona Mobile ID (Arizona Department of Transportation)

Arizona Offers Driver’s Licenses on iPhones. Other States Want to Be Next (New York Times)

Arizona is the First State to Accept Digital Driver’s Licenses in Apple Wallet (CNN)