Google Wallet Expands Support for Digital IDs in Several States
In a bid to simplify the lives of its users, Google Wallet has introduced a new feature allowing users to add their official state identification to the digital wallet. This announcement comes after the successful implementation of driver’s licenses, transit passes, company IDs, and health insurance cards in Maryland last year.
Now, users in Arizona, Colorado, and Georgia will also be able to add their official IDs to Google Wallet, making it even more convenient to carry around essential documents in a digital format. It’s worth noting that these same four states are also supported by Apple Wallet.
Adding an ID card to Google Wallet is a straightforward process. Users simply need to open the app, tap “Add to Wallet,” and select the ID card option. They will then be prompted to scan the front and back of their card, as well as take a video that will be sent to the state issuing body for verification purposes.
While the digital ID can be used at certain TSA checkpoints, it is still recommended to carry the physical ID as well. However, Google has assured users that their encrypted digital ID is stored locally on their device and can be managed by the user, ensuring privacy and security.
Furthermore, Google Wallet has plans to expand the functionality of the digital ID beyond TSA checkpoints. Soon, users will be able to use their digital ID for other purposes, such as renting a car.
This move by Google Wallet aligns with a broader trend towards digitizing identification cards across the United States. Nearly 30 more states are currently in the process of implementing digital identification cards, highlighting the growing recognition of the convenience and efficiency associated with this new technology.
As Google Wallet continues to enhance its features, it remains a top choice for individuals looking to streamline their daily routines and reduce the need to carry physical documents. With the addition of official IDs in several states, the digital wallet is set to become an even more indispensable tool, making life simpler and more secure for its users.
Stay tuned for further updates on Google Wallet’s expansion of support for digital identification cards in upcoming months.
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