In October, Google Wallet expanded its services to include four state IDs, with plans to add more in the future. Dong Min Kim, Director of Product Management for Google Wallet, expressed that digital IDs will play a vital role in the company’s future plans. In an interview with American Banker, Kim disclosed that support for additional states in the Wallet app on Android is forthcoming and mentioned a “pipeline” of thrilling new advancements yet to come.
At Google I/O 2022, the company aimed to replace and virtualize physical wallets, encompassing everything from credit and debit cards to transit and event tickets, airline boarding passes, loyalty/gift cards, vaccination records, digital car keys, student IDs, and employee/office badges. Mobile driver’s licenses and state IDs were identified as a potential area of growth, with Maryland being the first state to adopt the technology in December 2022, followed by Arizona, Colorado, and Georgia ten months later. Apple’s Wallet app also supports these four states, with plans to incorporate Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Utah. Google is collaborating with other nations to introduce comparable assistance. Furthermore, Google has acknowledged individuals’ tendency to store content and documents in Gmail and Google Drive as a personal hack, and believes there can be a superior method of doing so with Google Wallet.