Apple has laid the groundwork to include driver's licenses in the second iOS 15.4 developer beta, with the discovery of a reference to the feature in its code.
Apple released the second developer beta of iOS 15.4 on Tuesday, with the main discovery being elements relating to the just-announced Tap to Pay on iPhone feature. After further examination of the beta, it seems Apple is preparing to bring another item to the operating system soon.
A code reference found in the beta by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser and posted to Twitter includes the line "Find out when your driver's license or state ID is ready to use and get important updates."
Initially announced as part of the iOS 15 Wallet updates at WWDC 2021, the feature expands the kinds of items the Wallet can hold. Along with information from ID cards supported in some U.S. states, this was also to include driver's licenses as a commonly-accepted form of ID.
Apple was also working with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to support digital identities at airports, enabling an iPhone user to verify their identity before flying.
In November, Apple updated its iOS 15 webpage to indicate the feature was being pushed back into early 2022.
Apple is also reportedly keeping tight control over the feature, with Apple having "sole discretion" over its rollout and the technology powering it. A document leak in November revealed states also had to agree to "allocate reasonably sufficient personnel and resources to support the launch" of the feature, and to bolster its adoption by "key stakeholders in federal and state government," such as the IRS and law enforcement.