Apple lobbied New York State to adopt digital drivers' licenses

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Newly released state lobbying records have revealed that Apple met with the local Department of Motor Vehicles to discuss adopting its digital drivers' licence plan.

Support for digital or mobile drivers' licences was spotted in a beta for iOS 15.6, and Apple has previously announced which US states have decided to adopt the technology.

According to Times Union, New York State lobbying records show that Apple and its lobbying firm, The Roffe Group of Albany, met with DMV deputy commissioner, Gregory Kline. The meeting took place in the second half of 2021, and was initially reported as concerning a "state procurement" issue.

The records, filed with the state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics in January 2022, were later updated to add that the meeting discussed Apple's "announcement on digital identity cards."

"Like many other states, [New York] DMV is interested in further exploring the concept and technology," DMV spokeswoman Lisa Koumjian, told Times Union.

No further details of New York State's plans have been revealed.

Separately, in November 2021, Apple revised its website to show that its rollout of the digital drivers' licence feature would not be released until early 2022.