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IDNYC is a free identification card created by the City, for any New Yorker over 10 years of age, which grants individuals access to a wide range of government services and programs. Aside from qualifying as a government-issued photo identification, IDNYC entitles cardholders to benefits and discounts from many businesses and cultural institutions in the City. According to the City, these benefits include:
- Access to all City buildings that provide services to the public,
- Qualification for affordable housing through NYC Housing Connect
- Proof of identity for interacting with the NYPD, for employment, and for health benefits
- Use as a public library card
- Access your own and your child’s immunization records
- Free or reduced admission and other benefits at participating museums, zoos, and botanical gardens
- Discounts on prescription medications, fitness, groceries, and New York City attractions
- Access to open a bank account at select financial institutions
Particularly, this card benefits the most vulnerable communities – such as the homeless, youth, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, and others – who may have difficulty obtaining government-issued photo ID.
Just yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 5 more enrollment locations have been reopened, now totaling 15 permanent and 4 pop-up locations around the city, where individuals can obtain their cards.
Of notable importance, this card will allow individuals to access Pandemic Relief Programs for their businesses during these uncertain times.
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