iPhone owners in Arizona are now able to load their driver’s license or state ID into their iPhone’s Wallet app. The digital ID will allow holders to pass through TSA checkpoints in Arizona’s Sky Harbor International Airport, but Arizona police will not recognize it for traffic stops.

According to Apple, we’ll soon see its digital ID program adopted in Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah.

The benefits of a digital driver’s license are obvious. Apple’s security and privacy measures are a tentpole of the company’s mission. The TSA will accept a digital version of my airline ticket. The TSA (in Arizona) will accept Apple’s digital ID. Why isn’t this form of identification acceptable to Arizona police? A significant percentage of driver’s insurance “cards” are digital. Are they acceptable? I’m confused.

More importantly: How do you feel about a state-issued digital ID?

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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