The highly promoted feature of Apple’s digital driver license will come in early 2022.
Advertised in September, the scheme will allow residents in eight U.S. states to store state IDs and driver licenses within the Apple Wallet app on their iPhone.
The delay comes after Apple announced it was seeking “single control” over how states used the feature. Reports have stated that the new feature will have a cost to taxpayers, reports the BBC.
Arizona and Georgia will introduce the system initially, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah also registered.
Apple has said it is in discussions with other U.S. states – as reportedly including Florida – as it works to deliver the feature, announced at a presentation in June, nationwide in the future.
Some users had expressed privacy concerns about handing over smartphones to police or security officials.
And Apple now says users do not need to unlock or hand over their phones for the system to work for airport security.