Google is beta testing digital state ID cards in its Android Wallet app

A white PowerPoint slide with the title “digital driver’s license” and an image of an Android phone with a Maryland ID card image and a waves icon indicating to tap the phone to a terminal.
Google announced the digital ID feature at its 2022 I/O developer conference. | Image: Google

Maryland was one of the first states to make state IDs available on Apple’s Wallet app for iPhones, and now Google is beta testing support for the “Digital Driver’s License” in the Wallet app on Android phones. The Apple Wallet integration can already be used to get through TSA at airports like the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport that allow the use of digital state IDs, which should be similar on Android.

Users running Android 13 who are in the Google Play Services beta program (specifically, version 48.22) should now see a new option for “ID Card (beta)” when adding a new card to the Google Wallet app. This shows up on Pixel smartphones, but because of Google’s hardware requirements, it’s unclear whether it…

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Author: Umar Shakir