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Can I store my driver’s license in Google Wallet?


Can I store my driver’s license in Google Wallet?

Best answer: Yes, in some states. The new version of Google Wallet includes support for digital IDs, including digital driver’s licenses. However, support will vary depending on state and other local legislation. Currently, that includes residents of Maryland, but the technology is there to permit the feature, and Google plans to roll it out in other places, possibly as early as later this year.

What is the difference between Google Wallet and Google Pay?

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Google Wallet and Google Pay are effectively the same thing, with Google Wallet being the new branding for Google Pay in many countries. Though in the U.S., Google Wallet and Google Pay will continue to co-exist as two separate services.

Yes, it’s a bit confusing. But we’ll break it down. Introduced at Google I/O in May 2022, the companion Google Wallet app is designed to function similarly to the Apple Wallet on iPhones, storing digital versions of store payment and loyalty cards, event passes and virtual tickets, digital IDS, flight boarding passes, transit cards, vaccination cards, and more. With some cars that support digital car keys, those can be stored in Google Wallet in the future as well. 

Of course, Google Wallet will also store credit and debit cards to support mobile payments. Google is also working on, and in some states has already added,  features like hotel and office keys, even company ID and access badges, health insurance cards, and more.

Google Wallet

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Google Pay, which launched in the U.S. in 2022 (and was merged with Android Pay in 2018), will continue to function in the country as a standalone tap payment method, which can be accessed from compatible mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches. For other countries, Google Pay will simply be integrated into the newly updated Wallet app. Google Wallet is available for all the best Android phones

How does driver’s license support work in Google Wallet?

Google Wallet with Maryland driver's license

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Currently, residents of Maryland can add their driver’s licenses to Google Wallet on any phone running Android 8.0 or later, as long as it has device lock enabled (for security reasons, of course). Once loaded, you can use this digital ID at places like TSA PreCheck lines in select airports. Later this year, a digital driver’s license in Google Wallet will be accessed for things like verifying online accounts and booking a car through Turo.