Daily Record Staff//June 1, 2023
//June 1, 2023
Gov. Wes Moore on Thursday announced the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) launched Maryland Mobile ID in Google Wallet, enabling users to verify their identity easily and securely for airport security screening.
With the addition of Google Wallet, Maryland is now the first state to offer Mobile ID on two major mobile wallet platforms. Maryland Mobile ID in Google Wallet and Maryland Mobile ID in Apple Wallet are the only forms of digital IDs issued through the MVA. Maryland became only the second state to offer Mobile ID in Apple Wallet in May 2022.
Marylanders may now add their driver’s license or ID card to Google Wallet and present it at select Transportation Security Administration airport PreCheck checkpoints, including at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington.
Maryland Mobile ID is only available to individuals with a valid Maryland-issued driver’s license or ID. As Maryland Mobile ID serves as a companion to a physical driver’s license or ID, Marylanders should always carry their physical driver’s license or ID.
Safety and security are built into every part of Google Wallet, including with Maryland Mobile ID. IDs in Wallet are stored encrypted, meaning no one will have access to personal identification information unless a user chooses to share them with consent. Presenting an ID will require users to authenticate on their device and select which fields they wish to share. Google does not have access to users’ IDs and contents cannot be shared without user permission. All verification and validation of Maryland Mobile ID enrollment is completed by the Motor Vehicle Administration only.