Municipal ID Card Program

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:9)

Comment By: 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

On July 10, 2014, Mayor de Blasio signed Local Law No. 35 of 2014, establishing the New York City Identification Card Program (“Municipal ID Card Program”) to ensure that every New Yorker is provided with the opportunity and peace of mind that comes with possessing a government issued photo identification.  On August 4, 2014, the Mayor issued Executive Order No. 6, designating the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) as the administering agency of the Municipal ID Card Program.  In accordance with Local Law No. 35 and Executive Order No. 6, HRA now proposes to add Chapter 8 to Title 68 of the Rules of the City of New York to implement the program and set forth more details regarding the program.

The need for the City of New York to create an additional form of government issued photo identification is significant, as approximately half of New York City residents age 16 and over do not have a New York State Driver’s License. The Municipal ID Card will better connect more New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, homeless status, or gender identity, to public and private sector services, programs and benefits. 

The City of New York will launch a citywide public awareness and community engagement campaign to effectively educate New Yorkers about how to apply for this card and the value it will offer to cardholders. The City of New York will create a language access implementation plan, including but not limited to staff training, community outreach, and language assistance tools, to address the needs of limited English proficient (LEP) individuals in the administration of the Municipal ID Card Program. The City of New York will also provide accommodations to applicants with disabilities to promote access to the card for all New Yorkers.

This rule establishes requirements to implement the Municipal ID Card Program and will provide guidance to critical stakeholders and applicants interested in obtaining the Municipal ID Card.

Specifically, the rule:

  • Establishes that the Municipal ID Card will be provided to applicants free of charge;
  • Establishes that cards will expire after five years;
  • Creates a mechanism for homeless New Yorkers without a permanent address to obtain a card;
  • Sets the minimum age to apply for the card at 14 years of age;
  • Provides protections to survivors of domestic violence;
  • Sets forth the documents with which applicants may demonstrate identity and residency and the weight each document will have; and
  • Establishes security and privacy protections that safeguard information collected for issuing the identification card to protect against identity theft and fraud.

Public Hearing

Municipal ID Card Program Proposed Rule

Public Hearing Date: 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 5:00pm
Municipal Building
1 Centre Street Mezzanine
New York, NY 10007