Georgia to allow electronic driver’s license, ID cards

Georgia will become one of the first states to allow motorists to carry their driver’s license on their iPhone, and it’s working on a similar license for Android phones.

On Wednesday Apple announced that Georgia is among the first states to allow residents to have a secure copy of their driver’s license or state ID card on their iPhone, using the Apple Wallet app.

In a press release announcing the move, Spencer Moore, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services, called the state “a national leader when it comes to the safety and security of its driver and identity credentialing process.” He said Georgia is “committed to safety and security through our mobile driver’s licensing efforts with Apple.”

DDS spokesperson Shevondah Leslie said the department also plans to pilot a similar digital license for Android phones. The department has not announced a specific timetable for either Apple or Android licenses.

In addition to Georgia, Arizona, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will allow drivers to keep electronic licenses or IDs on their phone, Apple announced.

The company said the federal Transportation Security Administration will accept the electronic licenses and IDs at select airport security checkpoints. The affected airports will be announced later.