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TSA Now Accepts Digital IDs From Nine States, 70 Million American Are Eligible

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TSA Now Accepts Digital IDs From Nine States

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has launched the New York Mobile ID, a highly secure digital version of New York driver’s licenses, permits or IDs that can be stored on your smartphone. This is a free app that can be downloaded through the App Store for Apple devices or Google Play for Android.

That makes New York the ninth state whose digital IDs can be read by the Transportation Security Administration’s Credential Authentication Technology (CAT-2) readers.

In March 2022, Arizona teamed up with Apple to become the first state to launch digital IDs. Since then, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Utah and now New York have joined the list. That means that almost 70 million Americans are now eligible to fly within the country with a digital ID stored on their phones.

To use a digital driver’s license at a TSA checkpoint, your flight must be departing from one of the 26 U.S. airports where the agency’s CAT-2 readers available at security checkpoints.

Travelers can scan their mobile ID with the CAT-2 reader to validate their identity. The device snaps a real-time picture and compares it with your digital ID using facial recognition technology. It is also able to verify that you are ticketed for air travel that day, so there’s no need to show a boarding pass to the TSA officer.

TSA says that “your photo and biographic information will be deleted from these devices,” after the transaction is completed.

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