New digital eID-Me app launches in BC with goal to eventually replace your wallet

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A new digital identification app has launched in BC with its eventual goal of replacing the physical ID you carry around in your wallet.

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The app, eID-Me, digitizes and securely stores your government-issued ID on your smartphone and was successfully launched in Ontario and Quebec earlier this year.

Developed by Ottawa-based software company Bluink, the app was born after the company was awarded a $1.2M contract by the Ontario government in 2017.

Unfortunately, the app is not a substitute for presenting legal ID, but can instead be used as a secure, local backup of your ID.

So what’s the point, other than a backup of your ID? As the company explains on its website, as adoption by organizations increases, “eID-Me will let users share information (with users’ initiation and consent) to better access services that require verified identity.”

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Unfortunately the app does not support those users with stickers on their cards, for example if you moved and updated your address. Bluink says they are working on a solution to also accept these cards.

For users in BC with either a BC Services Card, BC Driver’s Licence, or combined BC Driver’s Licence and Services Card, the app is available on both iOS and Android operating systems.

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