A card reader is a device with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that makes it possible to read the unique chip in a BC Services Card.
The chip does not store any personal information, only a unique identifier. The unique identifier is used to look up only the information the online service requires. During login, you’ll see the personal information that is shared with the online service.
There are two types of card readers that can read the unique chip in a BC Services Card:
- A government-issued USB card reader
This has NFC technology built-in and plugs into any USB port. You can get a USB card reader when you visit a designated passcode issuer – you’ll be offered one when you get a passcode. It’s yours to keep and one is required every time you log in.
- A mobile Android device with NFC
Currently only mobile Android devices with NFC may be used as a card reader. In the future, other mobile devices may also be supported.
When you log in on a computer with a USB port, you may select to use a USB card reader. You’ll be prompted to insert your government-issued USB card reader to read your card.
When you log in on any computer or device, you may select to use a mobile Android device as a card reader. The mobile device is sent a notification and you’ll use the BC Services Card App to read your card. You’ll then be instructed to continue your login.
When you log in on a mobile Android device with NFC, you can use the same device as the card reader. During login, the BC Services Card App opens to read your card. It then will return you to the website to continue your login.