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NYCID - all you need to know

NYCID - all you need to know

In New York, IDNYC (Identification New York City) is the new free government-issued photo identification card identification card for all residents and it serves to secure the peace of mind of its holder as provide access to City services such as a free one-year membership at many of the City's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens and businesses. IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants etc and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID.


The IDNYC card offers a full package of exciting benefits that includes discounts on movie tickets, sporting events, prescription drugs, fitness and health centers, supermarkets, and New York City attractions. Your IDNYC card also serves as an acceptable form of proof of identification when you are stopped by NYPD for the purposes of issuing summons or desk appearances tickets instead of arrest, gives you access to various city services and programs such as entry into public buildings like schools, take the high school equivalency exam, open an account with the New York Public Library and some banks and credit unions can allow you to open a bank or credit account with them. It is also accepted as an official form of identification by employers when submitted with proof of work authorization. In as much as your card seems similar to a driver’s license, it does to authorize you to drive or provide proof of identity in order to obtain a driver's license. The card also does not authorize you to purchase alcohol or tobacco products, receive public assistance benefits, and travel on an airplane. It does not confer you immigration status or provide work authorization. In addition, it won't grant you immigration status nor serve as a proof of work authorization.


You can apply for the card if you are 14 years and older and have proof of residency in New York City as well as your identity. If you are age 21 or younger, but do not have a photo identification card, you can still apply for the IDNYC card, but you will need a caretaker with you when you apply. The IDNYC card is free for all New Yorkers. You can use your passport (U.S. or foreign), driver’s license, birth certificate, green card, school ID card, electronic benefit transfer card etc to establish your proof of identity while for your proof of residency, acceptable documents you can use includes your driver’s license with current address, utility bill, current lease, bank statement or a letter from a homeless shelter or city agency. You will need three (3) points worth of documents to prove your identity and a one (1) point document for you proof of residency.


The NYS DMV Interim Driver's License, Learner's Permit, or Non-Driver ID is worth two (2) points of ID and can be used to prove date of birth. It also provides (1) point of proof of residency, if it bears your current address. In addition, if your NYS DMV Driver's License, Learner's Permit, or Non-Driver ID has expired, it is worth the full four (4) points if presented along with an unexpired NYS DMV interim Driver's License, Learner's Permit, or Non-Driver ID, bearing the same identification number and your current address. All of your original documents provided to establish identity and residency will be returned to you immediately. The IDNYC program does not keep any of your original documents. You can either fill out the application online or at one of the city’s 26 enrollment centers in all five boroughs. You can book an appointment on the IDNYC website or by calling 311. Regardless of your level of English proficiency or disability, there are people at the Enrollment Center or on the phone who can

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