Amendments to IDNYC Rule

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Effective Date: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

The New York City Identification Card Program (“IDNYC Card Program”), first launched in January 2015, is now in its fourth year of operations and includes over a million cardholders. 

In April 2016, the program issued its first set of amendments to the rules governing the program based on its experience in its first year and recommendations from stakeholders, including applicants, advocates, IDNYC enrollment staff and members of the City Council.  Now, based on additional experience and feedback, the IDNYC program is issuing a second set of amendments that will, among other things:

Expand the reach of the card by lowering the minimum age to obtain a card from 14 years of age to 10 years of age.  At the age of 10 or 11, many pre-teens begin walking or taking public transportation to school and other destinations by themselves. The IDNYC card will increase their safety and ease parents’ concerns because, for those under 14, it will include a required field for an emergency contact, which is optional for those 14 and over. This will make it easier for police and other first responders to help children reconnect with their parents in emergency situations.  Applicants under 14 will only be able to apply for the card with a caretaker and their cards will expire two years after issuance instead of the regular expiration date of 5 years after issuance for cardholders 14 years of age and older.

Allow the program, in certain limited instances, to accept data and electronic versions of documents as proof of identity and residency.

Add residency documents for students living in college dormitories.

Clarify IDNYC’s policy of reserving the right to not accept a document that it is unable to verify, even if it appears on a list of IDNYC-accepted documents.  This has always been the policy of IDNYC, but these amendments add a provision explicitly stating that IDNYC reserves the right not to accept any document, or type of document, whose validity it is not able to verify.

Additionally, a number of amendments, including to the section involving the opportunity for a secondary review following denial of an application, are made because of a change in program policy, instituted in January 2017, to no longer scan or otherwise make copies of applicants’ identity and residency documents.

Subsequent to publication of the proposed rule and the public hearing, a number of minor changes were made to enhance clarity, and the rule:

Allows caretakers of 10-13 year old applicants to choose to have the applicant’s address omitted from the card; and

No longer provides that certified translations of documents are accepted, but instead explains that IDNYC will provide free on-site document translation services for applicants who present documents in a language other than English. 

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.