On Monday, January 12, 2015, the City of New York launched its IDNYC program. Administered by the Human Resources Administration, the IDNYC program will provide all New York City residents age 14 and above with access to formal, usable identification. The IDNYC card will include the cardholder’s photo, name, date of birth, address, signature, eye color, height, unique identification number, and an expiration date. IDNYC provides several options for applicants who reside at City shelters and for victims of domestic violence. This new ID, which is free of charge to all who apply in the first year, will be valid from five years from the date the application is approved.
In order to apply, New York City residents will be required to fill out a 1-page application and provide proof of identity and residency at an enrollment center. Some additional benefits of IDNYC are prescription discounts at pharmacies and free membership for one year at 33 of the City’s cultural institutions. The membership will also give card holders free or discounted admission to special events, and can be used as your library card at each of the three public library systems. We can also expect future announcements of additional discounts for health and wellness and entertainment. The City Council and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs will be hosting a town meeting on IDNYC at Museo Del Barrio on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 6-8pm. Please RSVP to IDNYC@council.nyc.gov.
For more information on how to apply for IDNYC, please visit http://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/card/application-materials.page#applications.