"IDNYC Card Program"

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Saturday, January 10, 2015
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

On July 10, 2014, Mayor de Blasio signed Local Law No. 35 of 2014, establishing the New York City Identification Card Program (“IDNYC 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 IDNYC Card Program.  HRA published a proposed rule concerning the program on September 5, 2014 and a public hearing was held on October 8, 2014.  In accordance with Local Law No. 35 (now codified as New York City Administrative Code Section 3-115) and Executive Order No. 6, HRA now adds Chapter 6 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 IDNYC 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 address the needs of limited English proficient (LEP) individuals in the administration of the IDNYC Card Program through, among other things, staff training, community outreach, and the use of language assistance tools. 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 IDNYC Card Program and provides guidance to critical stakeholders and applicants interested in obtaining the IDNYC Card. The proposed rule was identified as the “Municipal ID Card Program.” The name of the program has been changed to the “IDNYC Card Program,” and the final rule reflects this change.

Specifically, the rule:

•             Establishes that the IDNYC 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;

•             Establishes that cardholders who change their residential address, gender, or name should update the information appearing on the card within 10 days of the change;

•             Establishes privacy protections that safeguard information collected for issuing the identification card to protect against identity theft and fraud; and

•             Provides that an applicant who has been denied an IDNYC Card may seek review of this denial by submitting a review request to the Executive Director of the IDNYC Card program within 30 days of issuance of the denial.