SALT LAKE, UT - AUGUST 04: A person scans a QR code on an Apple Watch to temporarily send their digital driver's license to another mobile phone at a Harmons Grocery store on August 4, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Utah is the first state in the nation to start to convert and offer digital driver licenses on mobile devices. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Everything else is on your phone, why not add your driver’s license.  State leaders are  currently “exploring the concept” of taking the significant step toward digitizing your ID.  It’s not happening tomorrow, but the technology already exists in some form in 10 states.

No word on how that will effect the REAL ID requirement, which goes into effect May 23rd next year. Real IDs are not currently required in Pennsylvania, but driver’s licenses must be REAL IDs by May 3, 2023.

Many believe the concept of digital ID is superior to a physical license because it can’t be lost or stolen  and outdated information can easily be updated. It also offers enhanced security. Read more on that here.

While PennDOT did not give the feature an exact timeline, digital driver’s licenses are already available in the Apple Wallet in Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Utah, as well as Puerto Rico.