NEW YORK (PIX11/AP) — New York City has launched its municipal identification card program, the largest in the country.
The card, dubbed IDNYC, is aimed at those who don’t currently have an ID. That includes the elderly, homeless and an estimated 500,000 immigrants in the city who live in the U.S. without legal documentation.
“It’s a beautiful card,” said Mayor de Blasio, “But really what’s beautiful about it is what it stands for — everyone being respected, everyone being included, everyone having opportunity.”
All New Yorkers age 14 and older are eligible. The card is available to anyone who can prove their identity and New York City residency.
It’s meant to help New Yorkers take care of their day-to-day business, including cashing a check, signing a lease or entering office buildings for job interviews or public schools for parent-teacher conferences.
Advocates believe having the photo-embedded cards may make immigrants otherwise lacking documentation feel more comfortable seeking help from law enforcement.