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Apple has slowly turned its Wallet app into a true wallet replacement.

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Apple on Wednesday moved one step closer to replacing real wallets with those on its iPhone, opening up its digital driver’s license and state ID program in Arizona. The initiative, built into Apple’s iOS 15 software that powers modern iPhones, was announced last summer and will expand “soon” to Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio and Puerto Rico.

“We are excited to bring the first driver’s license and state ID in Wallet to Arizona today, providing Arizonans with an easy, secure and private way to show their ID while traveling with just a tap of their iPhone or Apple Watch,” Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, said in a statement. Other states, including Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland and Utah, have also announced plans to partner with Apple to offer digital driver’s licenses and state IDs.

Read more: You can add your driver’s license or state ID to Apple Wallet in iOS 15. Here’s how:

The state ID initiative is part of Apple’s ongoing effort to turn its wallet app, built into its iPhones and Apple Watches, into a digital twin of the things we normally carry with us. The company already supports retail membership cards, airline ticket systems and many credit cards from American Express, Master Card and Visa. Hotel companies like Hyatt have started offering “virtual room keys” and car companies have started offering digital keys that people can share with each other even via text message.

Read more: How Google and Qualcomm are working to bring digital driver’s licenses to Android phones

Apple says the new state ID will work just like a physical one, including at the TSA checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to begin with. Apple says its program relies on the same hardware that has the “secure element” and is designed to store credit cards, biometrics and other sensitive data.

In an additional effort to fight fraud, Apple said users should perform facial and head scans with their iPhones during installation. Each state, Apple said, is responsible for verifying and approving driver’s licenses or state IDs for a user’s Wallet app.

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