Google Wallet to Get Custom Cards and State IDs this Month

    Google Wallet users can now add their state driver’s licences or ID cards to Google Wallet. Anyone with a Maryland driver’s or ID card can now add their ID cards to the Google Wallet application on any Android 8.0 phone or higher that has device locking enabled. Google has been testing state ID cards in Wallet since last December. Maryland was also one of the first to add the feature to Apple Wallet on iPhones. Residents of Arizona, Colorado and Georgia will be able to use Google Wallet in the “coming months” with more states to follow.

    Dong Min Kim is the director of product at Google Wallet. He told that “Google works with many states and partners internationally on mobile devices.” “Mobile Driver’s License will be a gradual rollout and expand into other states with time.” We plan to partner with any state interested in offering mobile drivers licenses based on the readiness of each state and other integration logistics. Soon, you can add membership cards or travel passes that are customized to Google Wallet if they have a QR code or barcode.

    The update allows you to take a picture of any pass or card that has a barcode, such as a library or gym card. Google Wallet supports a variety of passes and loyalty programs, but they are usually dependent on third-party operators to add their support. Wallet users can now save transit QR tickets and parking passes as well as e-commerce returns QR codes.

    Google Messages users can now complete the travel check-in process on their phone before arriving at an airport or train station. Those using Google Messages and RCS will be able receive tickets and boarding cards directly in the Messages application, where they can then be saved into Google Wallet. Vietnam Airlines and Renfe – Spain’s largest train operator – will be the two first travel companies that support this feature. Google has not given a specific release date for these two new Wallet features. They have only said that they are “coming soon. “Google Wallet will soon allow users to add boarding cards directly from Google Messages.

    Google has also partnered with Humana, a health insurance provider, to create a digital version that allows Humana members access to their insurance details directly through the Wallet application. UK residents can also save their National Insurance Number (a British version of social security number) into their Wallet using the HMRC app. These cards and passes are more secure than travel tickets, and users must verify their identity every time they add, view, or use them. Google Wallet will label health insurance cards and passes containing sensitive information as “Private Passes”.

    Users in Germany can finally save a Deutschlandticket – a monthly subscription that can be used on all local public transport – to their Google Wallet. Google teased it would introduce corporate badges to Google Wallet in the second half of this year. This will allow employees to access their workplace securely without a physical pass.

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