In the company’s wallet application, Apple has released a feature release that will finally allow you to store your ID. Apple says the service will arrive shortly in early 2022, in an update to the official iOS 15 website seen by MacRumors. By the end of 2021, the company already plans to launch. At WWDC 2021, Apple first announced the feature.
At the time, the company said the application would allow you to attach your driver’s license or state ID card to your Apple Wallet just as you would with a credit or debit card. Among the primary locations that will support the feature will be the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) checkpoints at some US airports.
In those cases, you will have the option to use your iPhone or Apple Watch to submit your ID to the TSA. You will do so by typing your device on the identifier reader, and you will not need to submit your iPhone or Apple Watch to a TSA employee.
In September, Apple announced eight states would support the feature at launch, starting with Arizona and Georgia, and Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah to follow. Beyond the TSA checkpoints, Apple said retailers and venues will add support later.
Outside of early 2022, Apple has not set a specific release date for the feature. Obviously it will not come with iOS 15.2. That update is currently in beta testing and does not include support for storing digital IDs.