Apple patents mobile solution to replace passports


Apple has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on July 2 for a solution that would work in place of traditional driver’s licenses, passports and varied ID cards for government purposes or access to private property.

Under this proposed solution, a device such as an iPhone could securely transmit some form of ID. If the owner of the device is already verified, say by the biometric sensors in Apple Watch, that verifies the ID being sent.

“A device implementing a system for using a verified claim of identity may,” the application’s abstract begins before going into technical detail of how the technology will work with response vectors, data fields, and servers and so on.

“Upon selecting the option to enroll for a verified claim, the user may be provided with an interface for providing the user information to create a verified claim,” the application continued on line 54. “The one or more fields may include, but are not limited to, the user's: name 402, address 404, date of birth 406, identification number 408 (e.g., social security number), phone number 410, and email address 412. In one or more implementations, a verified claim may include image data such as an identifying picture of the user”

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