Maryland is now the second state to offer residents the option of storing their digital driver’s license or state ID card in their Apple Wallet, following Arizona.


In a May 25 press release, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) announced the launch of the Maryland Mobile ID in Apple Wallet.


Maryland residents can now tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to seamlessly and securely present it at select Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints within Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).


“Maryland is proud to be a leader once again in safe innovation with the implementation of Maryland Mobile ID in Apple Wallet,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. “As we look to the future, we are committed to enhancing convenience and accessibility while maintaining the highest safety and security standards for our state and citizens.”


MDOT MVA explained the process of adding a driver’s license or state ID to Apple Wallet is pretty simple. Maryland residents can tap the + button at the top of the screen in Apple Wallet on their iPhone, select “driver’s license or state ID,” and follow the on-screen instructions to start the set-up and verification process.


When presenting a digital driver’s license or state ID at the airport, MDOT MVA said Maryland residents simply need to tap their iPhone or Apple Watch near the identity reader. Once the resident uses Face ID or Touch ID to authorize the information being released from the device, it will be shared with TSA.


“Maryland Mobile ID in Apple Wallet offers additional security and privacy benefits than the physical state ID or driver’s license because Marylanders get to review the personal information they share with others, and use biometric authentication with Face ID or Touch ID to authorize it,” said MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer. 


“Over time, we expect the locations accepting mobile ID to grow, but we are excited to partner with the Transportation Security Administration to allow Maryland residents to present their Maryland Mobile ID in Apple Wallet at participating airports,” Nizer added.

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