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Municipal ID cards for migrants in New York City


In January 2015, the City of New York launched a municipal ID card scheme (IDNYC) for the City's eight million residents, including approximately half a million undocumented migrants. The government-issued card grants its holders access to all City buildings that provide services to the public - including law enforcement agencies - and is accepted as a form of identification for accessing numerous City programs and services. IDNYC also provides a dynamic series of benefits to cardholders, including a free one-year membership at many of the City's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens. With the card, undocumented migrants will be able to open bank accounts with a number of participating financial institutions, as well as apply for state driving licenses. Other cities are considering this scheme.


last updated on 19.05.2015^ top