The municipality of the city of New York issues identification cards (ID) for its residents. These cards provide their holders with significant benefits.
- You are 14 years of age or older.
- Identity documents such as birth certificate or passport, even from another country.
- Prove that you live in one of the five boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island).
- Fill in the application form.
- You are not asked about your immigration status, so it can be requested by citizens, residents, foreigners on a visa and also by undocumented immigrants.
Where Can I Apply?
In any of the 12 permanent or mobile recruitment centers around the city of New York.
What Can I Do with It?
- Open an account at a bank or credit union.
- Request the card for the fabulous public libraries of the city.
- Identify yourself when renting property.
- Access public buildings.
- Identify yourself when requesting certain public benefits.
- Identify yourself to take the high school equivalency exam of the State of New York.
- Get discounts for medical assistance in health and wellness centers.
- Get discounts for prescriptions within the program known as BigAppleRx.
- Get free membership in more than 30 cultural institutions or entertainment centers, like the Bronx Zoo, the Metropolitan Museum and the Carnegie Hall.
What Can’t I Do with It?
- It is not a license. It CANNOT be used to drive.
- It is not a proof of identification to fly within the United States.
In Which Situations Should Undocumented Immigrants Not Apply?
- When the immigrant has an arrest warrant.
- When the immigrant has a pending subpoena.