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Starting with iOS 16, users will be able to present mobile ID cards stored in the Wallet app in select apps that require identity or age verification. Apple will provide users with an overview of information being collected by the app, and indicate if the data will be stored, and for how long. The user will be required to authorize with Face ID or Touch ID in order for the ID card to be presented to the app.

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Google Wallet is set to be available sometime in the summer of 2022 on a variety of Android devices. The new version of Google Wallet will include support for digital IDs, including digital driver’s licenses. However, support will vary depending on state and other local legislation.

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Identity experts sent a letter urging the Biden administration to accelerate the deployment of mobile driver’s licenses and ensure identity theft victims get direct assistance. The experts said four items must be added to an upcoming executive order from the U.S. government focused on preventing and detecting identity theft: mobile driver’s licenses; direct assistance for identity theft victims; identity attribute validation services; and a federal digital identity framework.

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Apple has broken new ground by allowing iPhone users’ Apple Wallets to serve as official identification if equipped with a driver’s license or state ID. Setting up your iPhone with a driver’s license or state ID is just as simple as adding a card to your Apple Wallet, but you’ll need to follow a few steps.

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