Maryland is now the first state in the nation to offer digital licenses and IDs on two major mobile operating systems. The state already offered digital licenses and IDs in Apple Wallet, and announced that it will now offer digital licenses and IDs in Google Wallet.

“Maryland is leading the way in creating a more competitive and innovative digital environment while prioritizing accessibility and customer service,” said Gov. Wes Moore. “Maryland Mobile ID advances our administration’s work to deliver safe and secure services that benefit all Marylanders.”

According to a press release from Gov. Moore’s office, Marylanders can 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.

Maryland Mobile ID is only available to individuals with a valid Maryland-issued driver’s license or ID. Despite expanded access to Maryland Mobile ID, the state cautioned that the digital licenses and IDs serve as “a companion” to a physical driver’s license or ID, and said Marylanders should always carry their physical driver’s license or ID.

“Innovation and technology are keys to building a transportation system that’s more equitable, accessible and safe for all Marylanders,” said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld. “Maryland Mobile ID is a tool that puts more convenience in the hands of our customers.”

Addressing security concerns, the governor’s office said that “safety and security are built into every part of Google Wallet, including with Maryland Mobile ID.” The governor’s office noted that 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.

Further, presenting an ID will require users to authenticate on their device and select which fields they wish to share. Additionally, 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.

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