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Add your digital ID

Important:

This feature is being tested in beta and some features may not work as expected. It’s available to eligible users in Maryland and is accepted by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at some supporting airports. To validate your identity, keep your physical ID card on you.

You can add your digital ID to Google Wallet. You can also get ID updates from your ID issuer instantly, without having to wait for your physical card in the mail. 

Requirements to add & use a digital ID

  • You need a phone with Android 8.0 and up.
  • To use this feature, you must subscribe to the Google Play services beta.
  • To use this feature, you must turn on Bluetooth and Nearby devices.
  • To use this feature for added security, you must set a screen lock.

Add your ID or license to Google Wallet

Important: When you first enroll in this beta program, it may take some time before you are able to add your digital ID. If after you aren't able to add an ID after a few days or have other issues when you try to add an ID to Google Wallet, please send us feedback.  

  1. Open the Google Wallet app .
  2. Tap Add to Wallet and then ID card
    • Follow the on-screen instructions. Take photos of the front and back of your ID and a short video of yourself. A photo from this video will be submitted to your ID issuer for verification.

Use or show your ID or license

To verify your identity, you can use your digital ID instead of your physical card. Currently, you can use your digital ID with TSA at supported airports. You must still carry your physical ID as needed. More options to use your digital ID are coming soon.

With Near Field Communication (NFC)
  1. Unlock your phone.
  2. For a few seconds, hold the back of your phone close to the NFC terminal.
  3. Review the info that will be shared. 
    • Before you can proceed, the app will ask you to authenticate.  
  4. To confirm that the info was shared, wait for the blue check mark.

Tip: If you aren’t able to share your ID:

  • Try to hold your phone in a different way. Your NFC antenna could be near the top or bottom of your device.
  • Hold your phone closer to the reader.
  • For a few extra seconds, hold your phone to the reader.
If you still have issues, use your physical ID.
With a QR code
  1. Open the Google Wallet app .
  2. Scroll to find your “ID or license.”
  3. Tap your ID or license
  4. Allow the QR code on your ID to be scanned.
  5. Review the info that will be shared. 
    • Before you can proceed, the app will ask you to authenticate.  
  6. To confirm that the info was shared, wait for the blue check mark.

Remove your ID or license

Important: Your digital ID is saved locally on your device. You can only save your digital ID to a single device.

You can remove your digital ID with either the Google Wallet app, or online at myaccount.google.com. 

To remove your ID with the Google Wallet app:

  1. Open the Google Wallet app .
  2. Scroll to find your “ID or license.”
  3. Tap your ID or license.
  4. At the top right, tap More More  and then Remove and then Remove.

To remove your ID online remotely:

  1. Go to myaccount.google.com
  2. Tap Personal Info
  3. Scroll to “Digital ID.” 
  4. Tap Manage digital ID.
  5. Next to the ID or license that you want to remove, tap Delete Delete.
  6. Confirm that you want to delete your ID from your device and Google Account.

Send us feedback about digital ID

If you’re able to test this feature, please send us feedback about your experience. Your feedback will help us improve digital IDs.

Fix problems with your ID or license

ID rejected by ID issuer

If the ID issuer rejects your ID during the application process, go to the MDOT MVA website for more info. Once resolved, you can try to add your ID again.

ID deleted by ID issuer

Your ID issuer has the right to delete your ID at any time and at their discretion. Go to the MDOT MVA website for more info on why it was deleted.

ID issuer requires more info

To process your digital ID application, the app may notify you that your ID issuer requires more info. In these cases, you must follow the instructions in the app for more verification.

Phone connection errors

To keep your digital ID up to date, your device must connect to the internet. If you’re offline for more than 30 consecutive days, your digital ID won’t be available until your device reconnects to the internet.

If you move out of state

If you move out to where this feature is supported, repeat the process to create a new digital ID based on your new license. If you move to where this feature isn’t supported, your digital ID won’t work once your physical ID is no longer valid.

If you lose your phone

If you lose your phone, you must follow the instructions above to remove your ID.

Privacy policy for IDs & driver’s licenses

When you save your digital ID on your phone, you provide us with certain info. You provide:

  • Photos of the front and back of your ID, and a brief video of your face: We share your card info and an image of your face from the video with the government agency that issued your ID. 
  • Any data, including data used for analytics purposes, used by Google will be done in accordance with Google’s Privacy Policy.

With your consent, we send your application to the government agency that issued your ID or license. That agency will review your info. If your submission is approved, your encrypted digital ID will be saved on your device. You may view and manage it on your device and control when your ID is shared. Also, we record the fact that you consented. 

Your digital ID is considered a Private pass. Learn more about private passes.

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