Amendments to IDNYC Rules
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose
The New York City Identification Card Program (“IDNYC Card Program”) was established to ensure that every New Yorker is provided with the opportunity and peace of mind that come with possessing a government-issued photo identification. The program was officially launched on January 12, 2015, to immediate and extraordinary public enthusiasm. One year later, the program has enrolled more than 730,000 New Yorkers, and demand remains high. Some applicants, however, are unable to qualify for the card because their only identity or residency documents are not included in the Rule as acceptable forms of documentation. Many of these applicants are among those with the greatest need for government-issued photo identification to help them connect with public and private sector services, programs and benefits.
In response, IDNYC seeks to expand and refine the number and types of reliable and verifiable documents that can be accepted as proof of identity and residency. Based on the experience over the past year, and on recommendations from stakeholders, including applicants, advocates, IDNYC enrollment staff, and members of the City Council, the IDNYC program is now proposing revisions and additions to Chapter 6 of the Rules of the City of New York, which contains the rules that govern the IDNYC program.
These proposed amendments:
- Expand the number and type of government-issued documents accepted to establish residency, including those issued by U.S. immigration authorities, New York City government programs, and records from an expanded list of hospitals and health care facilities located within New York City;
- Facilitate access to the card for young people in New York City public schools;
- Add new categories of caretakers for applicants who are 21 or younger, including recently arrived refugee children and unaccompanied child migrants;
- Add a new section facilitating the enrollment of physically or mentally impaired individuals who have court-appointed guardians, custodians or conservators;
- Add provisions enabling the enrollment of applicants recently released from New York State correctional facilities;
- Expand the categories of government-issued professional and occupational licenses accepted for proof of identity; and
- Enable applicants to establish residency using documents bearing the name of the spouse or domestic partner with whom they live.
HRA’s authority for this rule may be found in Sections 603 and 1043 of the City Charter, Administrative Code Section 3-115, and Executive Order No. 6 of 2014.